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After 30-years Aylesbury school receptionist stepping down

After 30-years Aylesbury school receptionist stepping down

Published by the Mix96 News Team at 5:48am 17th October 2019. (Updated at 9:26am 21st October 2019)

After 30-years working at an Aylesbury school the receptionist is taking a step back after being diagnosed with ovarian cancer. 

Madeline Hayers has been the friendly face at the desk of The Grange for three decades but will now work in learning support after October half term.

Madeline wants to raise awareness about the disease because she was misdiagnosed and it took a trip to A&E before she was given the news:

"The surgery was pretty extensive because I was stage three.

"So, it had spread from the ovaries, to the liver, the bladder, the bowl and the stomach lining.

"It's quite a serious cancer when it gets to that stage."

Madeline is running an event at the school in February to raise money for Target Ovarian Cancer, so other woman are made aware of the symptoms. 

Madeline had her surgery over Christmas and started chemotherapy in October, which lasted until March.

Even though Madeline's condition is stage three, she always remains positive:

"I've never said 'Why me?' because 'Why not me?' 

"There are so many different cancers and other illnesses.

"I've got a new grandchild on the way and I would much rather something was wrong with me than my new grandchild.

"I'm just a positive person and I think that's why I've been successful on The Grange school reception."

Madeline has also told us that she's in remission for now.

After surgery and chemotherapy Madeline told us her hair has now come back:

"The worst thing for me was when I lost my eyelashes.

"Because I'm a mascara girl of the 1970s, and not being able to wear my mascara was awful.

"But, they came back."

Madeline is stepping down from reception after October half-term and will be working in learning support at the school.

She is sad to be leaving reception but told us that everyone at the school has been incredibly supportive.

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