Sam was diagnosed with invasive breast cancer in October 2009 at the age of 41.
‘I was triple positive. I underwent a mastectomy, additional surgery for lymph node removal, chemotherapy and radiotherapy. I completed my herceptin treatment in January 2011. I had further reconstruction surgery in 2013. It was during my first surgery that I became aware of a much needed lymph node analyser. With my surgeon, Anil Desai, we officially launched an appeal. A classical concert was organised and raised £69,000 in April 2010. By May 2010 the total had risen to £85,000. During the fund raising I met with other patients and together with Mr Desai we formed the South East London Breast Cancer Trust.’