Two bouts of cancer spurred woman on to open own clinic
A WOMAN who suffered from two forms of cancer while studying for a degree at Lincoln University has now opened her own herbal clinic.
Sharon Simmonds, 60, of Grimsby, was diagnosed with cancer of the womb and then shortly afterwards, doctors discovered she had ovarian cancer – and she still managed to gain an upper second class honours degree in herbal medicine.
With her determination to keep going and after chemotherapy finishing in June, Sharon graduated and opened New Herbs at the Grimsby Ice House.
Sharon said she "kept going" because she wanted to "do well and get a degree in her dream job".
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She added: "It was very tough when I was diagnosed 18 months ago, it was even tougher when I was diagnosed with cancer for the second time – I just couldn't take it in.
"Everyone was very supportive at the university and when I lost my hair we all had a wacky wig day.
"Even though I had to walk with a stick and felt weak, I kept going to my lectures, travelling every day by car, and managed to achieve 80 per cent attendance.
"I just wanted to do well – after gaining a student grant for the course I didn't want to let the money go to waste."
Sharon had a hysterectomy to remove the cancer and that was when doctors found she had secondary cancer of the ovaries.
She gained the School Prize For Health And Social Care because of her determination to get through university while having chemotherapy.
"It felt amazing when I graduated and it was a huge achievement to gain a degree just two marks from a first honours," she said.
"I was surprised and over-whelmed that I had gained the School Prize and I am glad I kept going during my treatment."
Sharon, who was a nurse in Eygpt for seven years, wanted a career change.
She explained: "I really like helping people the natural way and the idea of supporting people.
"I have always being interested in herbs and how they can help people – so I decided to study it and create a business.
"I offer consultation and examine people to diagnose what herbs are suitable.
"For example, lemon balm can help irritable bowel syndrome."
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