A Great Wall

"A man you've never met before makes you lie on a cold plastic bed so that he can touch that part of you which normally is only seen or touched by the other man who sits holding your hand hoping for the best.

The stranger's fingers linger on the lump.

'It is cancer I'm afraid,' he says.

Your life will never be quite the same again.

Being told you have cancer sets you on a long, lonely journey full of unknowns and hazardous guesswork." Jo Lucas was diagnosed with breast cancer at the age of 29.

In a defiant gesture she and a group of other sufferers determine to walk the Great Wall of China for charity.

But Jo's walk is special because two years earlier she had watched her sister Justine also succumb.

And now Jo faces the major surgery that will save her life.

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20071221 (R4)

"A man you've never met before makes you lie on a cold plastic bed so that he can touch that part of you which normally is only seen or touched by the other man who sits holding your hand hoping for the best.

The stranger's fingers linger on the lump.

'It is cancer I'm afraid,' he says.

Your life will never be quite the same again.

Being told you have cancer sets you on a long, lonely journey full of unknowns and hazardous guesswork." Jo Lucas was diagnosed with breast cancer at the age of 29.

In a defiant gesture she and a group of other sufferers determine to walk the Great Wall of China for charity.

But Jo's walk is special because two years earlier she had watched her sister Justine also succumb.

And now Jo faces the major surgery that will save her life.

2004042620040924
20071221 (R4)

"A man you've never met before makes you lie on a cold plastic bed so that he can touch that part of you which normally is only seen or touched by the other man who sits holding your hand hoping for the best.

The stranger's fingers linger on the lump.

'It is cancer I'm afraid,' he says.

Your life will never be quite the same again.

Being told you have cancer sets you on a long, lonely journey full of unknowns and hazardous guesswork." Jo Lucas was diagnosed with breast cancer at the age of 29.

In a defiant gesture she and a group of other sufferers determine to walk the Great Wall of China for charity.

But Jo's walk is special because two years earlier she had watched her sister Justine also succumb.

And now Jo faces the major surgery that will save her life.

20071221

Jo Lucas was diagnosed with breast cancer at the age of 29. In a defiant gesture, she and a group of friends determined to walk the Great Wall of China for charity. But for Jo, the walk was of special significance; two years previously, she watched her sister Justine die from the same disease.

Sadly, despite initially showing signs of recovery after radical surgery, Jo also succumbed this year.

This programme is repeated in her memory.