By Harlen Leonard: A Staffordshire woman who won her battle with cancer has spoken of her delight at being chosen to carry the Olympic torch.
Adele Bisbey, 42, was diagnosed with bilateral ovarian cancer in 2009 and underwent a full hysterectomy and six sessions of chemotherapy.
But after recovering from the disease, she was nominated by her friend to carry the flame through Stafford.
And on the day the Olympic torch starts its journey from Olympia to the games in London, Adele told StaffsLive of her joy at being able to bear the torch through her home town.
“I don’t think that I’m anybody special so just to be nominated was fantastic,” she said.
Adele visited a doctor three years ago after experiencing severe stomach pains and received the bad news.
“I had a tumour the size of a grapefruit on one ovary, and one the size of a football on the other. It’s known as the silent killer because by time you get the symptoms it is normally too late.”
But Adele stayed positive throughout her illness, visiting other people with ovarian cancer and campaigning to raise awareness for the disease.
While undergoing treatment she set up her own business with a friend to sell well-made and attractive headscarves for people undergoing chemotherapy.
Sport-loving Adele found out she had been chosen through Facebook and was thrilled to hear the news.
“I’ve always been a fitness fan and I love the Olympics. So to have the Olympics in the UK in itself is fantastic, and now [for me] to be part of it is incredible.”
The torch will reach Staffordshire in 20 days and Adele will be running on May 31 through Houghton, Stafford.