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‘Every day is a special day’: Gran who beat cancer and brain aneurysm helps husband face own battle

Cullen cancer gran
Lorraine Mundie has overcome three major health scares in the last seven years.

After overcoming two bouts of cancer and a brain aneurysm, Lorraine Mundie has proved she is made of sterner stuff.

The Cullen grandmother’s sunny disposition helped her get through three major health scares but now her husband, James, 71, must face his own cancer battle.

Lorraine was first diagnosed with breast cancer in 2014, going through chemotherapy and a mastectomy before she was told she was in remission.

Five years later, the cancer returned. This time it meant radiotherapy and another operation was required.

And now James is set to receive scan results which will determine whether chemotherapy is needed to treat the cancer discovered in April.

Lorraine, right, with her family: Sonya Mundie, Summer Bowie, Sky Bowie, Tanya Bowie and dog Zara.

Despite the struggles, the 67-year-old’s positive outlook on life remains.

Lorraine said: “It was a shock, when it was discovered I had breast cancer.

“I wasn’t expecting it at all, but you just have to get on with it and do what the doctors tell you to do.

“The worst bit for me was the chemo and the cancer came back in the same spot around five years later.

“Then I got radiotherapy and an operation for that time.”

Lorraine says she and her husband are looking forward to exploring Scotland in their campervan.

Lorraine added: “He lives with me and therefore just needs to get on with it.

“Every day is a special day. I definitely appreciate life even more than before the cancer and brain aneurysm.

“My husband is going to be fine, that’s it.”

I definitely appreciate life even more than before.”

She is looking forward to more adventures exploring Scotland with her husband in their camper van.

She added: “We have a camper van so we are looking forward to getting away to explore right across Scotland.

“Places like Ullapool, Oban and the west coast of Scotland are brilliant to visit.”

Tough times brought family closer together

Daughter Tanya Bowie believes the difficult times have brought the family closer together.

She told us: “My mum is in remission, which is great.

Tanya Bowie and mum Lorraine.

“It was really challenging, seeing her going through the chemo and then radiotherapy.

“It makes you aware that cancer will never go away and it is especially hard on the family when it is your own mum and dad.

“As a family, we have been really supportive in this difficult time and we have definitely grown closer as a family and appreciated life a lot more.”

Sky Bowie, Tanya Bowie, Summer Bowie and Zara.

As her parents face up to their latest battle, Tanya and her twin daughters, Summer and Sky, are set to walk 60 miles next month around Cullen in a bid to raise funds for Cancer Research UK.

Tanya said: “When I told the twins that my dad had prostate cancer, the first thing they asked was, ‘he’s not going to die, is he?’

Cullen cancer gran
Cullen couple James and Lorraine.

“My girls will still be at school so every morning and home time we will walk from our house in Lintmill to Cullen Primary School and at weekends we will cover more miles when out walking the dog.

“Thankfully, prostate cancer is quite treatable and his battle has made the twins want to do the walk even more.”

Tanya added: “My father is really proud of the girls for taking on this challenge.”

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