When Vicky was diagnosed with an aggressive breast cancer and underwent chemotherapy, surgery and radiotherapy her life was turned upside down.
Everything she had taken for granted - her health, her mental and physical wellbeing – crumbled. Just walking was excruciatingly painful and the impact of the cancer and its life-saving treatment left her physically exhausted and with limited use of her arm due to scar tissue and lymphoedema.
Having lost all her hair and unable to return to her career, the once active 47-year-old was at an all-time low.
An advert for walking netball at Hamble Leisure Centre was the lifeline she needed. Despite her obvious concerns, Vicky contacted the netball group and went along to her first session.
Almost a year on and Vicky feels like her old self, the woman she was before cancer. Her fitness levels have improved and she has regained her confidence.
Inspired by the positive impact sport has had on her recovery, Vicky has now trained to become a walking netball host. She hopes to encourage other people going through a similar experience to take that first step towards a new chapter in their life.
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Vicky now leads the Walking Netball sessions at Wildern Leisure Centre, we look forward to seeing you there...
Her advice: "Don't be scared. You'll never reach your potential unless you move out of your comfort zone to see what you can actually achieve."