‘Cancer took away my chance of having kids, now I fear it’s returned’

Tracey Halliday with husband William

A Tayside woman who lost the chance to have children after contracting cancer is facing an anxious wait to see if the disease has returned.

Tracey Halliday, 40, had a hysterectomy after being diagnosed with womb cancer — denying her the chance to start a family with her new husband Willie, 48.

She managed to beat the disease but is due to return to Ninewells Hospital next week to find out if the cancer has returned — after starting to suffer similar symptoms to before.

She fears the cancer may have spread despite having her womb removed.

“It’s going to be an anxious wait but I’m trying to stay positive,” she told the Tele yesterday.

“It’s like being on an emotional rollercoaster. Some days I think to myself, ‘I can beat this’. But on other days feel I can’t go through this all over again.

“It’s the waiting that’s the worst thing. Once I know what’s actually going on I’m sure I will cope.”

Tracey, who lives in Perth but grew up in Coupar Angus, said she had suffered health problems linked to her womb throughout her teenage years.

She continued: “I would go to the doctor but kept getting told it was nothing.

“Cancer of the womb is more common in women over 50 and because I was so young I don’t think anybody believed I could have it.”

Tracey had just met Willie at the age of 38 when she was told she in fact did have cancer. She thought about delaying their wedding, but went ahead with it in spite of her battle.

It meant she was planning the big day while at the same time going through treatment for the disease.

Tracey said: “I had to have chemotherapy, radiotherapy and brachytherapy over a six-month period in 2015.

“It was really difficult but it was successful.

“I finished my treatment at the end of June 2015 and got married at the end of July.

“To have a hysterectomy was devastating because I’d just gotten married and it obviously meant we couldn’t have children.

“However, at least I was well.”

But Tracey has noticed some symptoms returning of late.

She said: “I have been getting regular check-ups but I began to suffer abnormal bleeding again.

“I got in touch with my cancer team at Ninewells and they said I would have to go back for more tests.”

Tracey said her life had gone through a complete change since her cancer diagnosis.

Formerly a retail worker in Perth, she can no longer manage a job.

Her husband has also had to give up his job to be her full-time carer.

“My life is so different,” she added. “I can no longer go out socialising and life can be so hard because people who were formerly your friends fall away because they don’t know how to cope with your illness.

“The best advice I can give anyone who is worried is to go to your doctor and don’t give up until you’re happy with the diagnosis. Early detection is definitely the best option.”