A couple whose dreams of having children were shattered by ovarian cancer are doing all they can to raise awareness of the disease in a bid to help others.
Samantha Salduk, 36, was diagnosed in May 2012 after she and husband Stuart decided to go to the doctors to find out why they couldn’t conceive.
Tests revealed she had a cyst, which was discovered to be cancerous after surgery to remove it, and she had to undergo a hysterectomy.
Gruelling chemotherapy and radiotherapy followed when further tests showed the aggressive form of cancer had spread.
She said: “I remember saying to Stuart on New Year’s Eve that I thought I had cancer. I just had an inkling that something was wrong. I was waiting for smear test results, which I got a few days later and they were clear, so I was falsely reassured that everything was OK – even when the cyst was found, all the initial indicators showed that it was benign.”
Throughout her treatment Mrs Salduk drew strength from the children she and her husband teach at Ellite Dance Studios on Peterson Road in Wakefield.
She said: “Being there was a real distraction and allowed me to escape the reality of what was going on. It is hard to come to terms with the fact you will never have your own children, but the kids we teach are like an extended family. Everyone has been amazing.”
Mrs Salduk writes a blog for the charity Target Ovarian, which the couple are dedicated to raising money for.
Mr Salduk raised £2,500 when he donned a tutu to dance to One Direction for a video that has proved a YouTube hit.
He said: “If we can help prevent even one person from going through this, then I’ll do whatever it takes and the ballet dress seems to have done the trick.”
His wife is set to do a skydive on September 20. To make a donation visit www.justgiving.com/Sam-Bell4 For details on ovarian cancer visit www.targetovariancancer.org.uk Click here to see a video of Mr Salduk’s tutu dance