By Hayley Gallimore
Being diagnosed with breast cancer was never going to be easy.
But for Worksop woman Mandy Cooper the journey to recovery was made smoother by her supportive colleagues.
Mandy, 50, works at Eaton Production International, an electrical components factory based on Dukeries Industrial Estate.
“I was diagnosed with DCIS in September last year. It’s a type of cancer that affects the milk ducts in your breast,” said mum-of-one Mandy.
“I hadn’t felt ill or had any swelling so if it wasn’t for a routine mammogram at Bassetlaw Hospital I wouldn’t have known I had it.”
“Luckily they caught it early and operated straight away. I’m so grateful to the surgeons, my oncologist at Sheffield and all the staff who looked after me on the ward at Weston Park during my radiotherapy.”
“It has been like a rollercoaster. I’ve been back and forth from the hospital every week.”
Mandy said her husband Andrew, who also works at Eaton, and her daughter Kayleigh, 17, had been ‘amazingly supportive’.
And the pet shih tzu puppy Lottie, who Mandy brought home just days before her diagnosis, has been a welcome companion.
“Every day when I got home after radiotherapy, having spent four hours on the train, she was there to greet me with big brown eyes and a waggy tail,” said Mandy, of High Hoe Road.
She added: “When something like this happens you realise who you can rely on.”
“And everyone at Eaton has been great. That’s why I wanted to give them the Guardian Rose.”
There were hugs and tears as Mandy handed over the award to her production manager Margaret Coulthard.
Said Mandy: “You are like my extended family. Without you ringing me up and checking how I am, I don’t think I could have got through this.”
“Thanks to the company too, for not rushing me back to work - even though I’ve been eager to return.”
Said Margaret: “We were all devastated by Mandy’s news but it’s been a pleasure to be able to give you that support.”
“She does everything for this company. If you cut her down the middle it’s say Eaton all the way through.”
Mandy is now back at work doing just a few days a week. And she soon hopes to return to her role as Tawny Owl at Second Worksop Priory Brownies.