Mum of cancer patient told she had the disease too just one day before daughter finished treatment

PUBLISHED: 07:00 21 October 2016

Mother and daughter Sandra Goldsmith and Vikki Powell who are fundraising after both having being diagnosed with breat cancer

Mother and daughter Sandra Goldsmith and Vikki Powell who are fundraising after both having being diagnosed with breat cancer


A mum had the devastating shock of being told she had breast cancer just a day before her daughter’s final day of treatment in her own battle with the disease.

Sandra at Rainham Men's Club as she shaves her hair off.Sandra at Rainham Men's Club as she shaves her hair off.

Sandra Goldsmith, of Rainham, said her first reaction was to start laughing when doctors gave her the news in June after she had watched daughter Vikki Powell endure a year of treatment.

Vikki was diagnosed in September 2015, aged just 30, three months after having her second child.

The 30-year-old found a lump while breastfeeding and initially thought it was nothing but tests later revealed she had stage 3 breast cancer.

The family had hoped to throw a party the next day to celebrate Vikki’s last radiotherapy session, but the plan was scuppered.

Sandra said: “I went to see my consultant for a call back from a mammogram and I was told I had breast cancer.

“My first reaction was to start laughing, I couldn’t believe it, I kept saying how you couldn’t write a book about it.”

The 54-year-old will now be treated by the same specialists as Vikki, and says she has been lucky with an early diagnosis.

“The last year so has been pretty horrible and unbelievable,” she said.

“Me and Vikki so sit around and have chats about it all so it does help but I try not to put too much on her.

“I am now trying to get through to the other side, I’ve got to keep myself going and fight it.”

The 54-year-old is now on a fundraising mission after cutting her hair off in a bid to raise funds for Macmillan Cancer Support and Cancer Research UK.

The brave mum took the decision to not try and keep her hair after watching her daughter lose a lot of hers.

“I wanted to do something positive, it would be more upsetting to sit indoors and lose it over time,” Sandra said.

“My outlook is that if some good can come from all this horrible time my life will have been of some use.

“The support I have received has been amazing, it’s given me something to smile about.”

After only wanting to raise £500, Sandra has now raised £2,800 for Cancer Research UK and £955 for Macmillan Cancer Support.

People who want to donate to Sandra’s cause, can visit

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