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By Lucy Notarantonio


A brave cancer survivor – who has survived five different types of the disease over 20 years – is finally in remission for the first time.

Angelica Fenney, 40, from St. Helens, Merseyside, was first diagnosed with breast cancer in 1995 aged 17 – but over the years, her cancer returned seven times, attacking her bowel, cervix, skin, and vagina.

PIC FROM Caters News: Collect image of Angelica Fenney, 40, from St. Helens, Merseyside, in hospital

In a desperate bid to survive, plus size model, Angelica, has undergone rounds of chemotherapy, radiotherapy, a hysterectomy, nipple removal and was even fitted with a colostomy bag.

And despite her most recent cancer diagnosis being last August,  Angelica is now beaming with joy that she has been cancer free for eight months and is officially in remission for the first time in 20 years 

Angelica is now modelling for Models of Diversity – a charity which campaigns for more equality in the modelling industry.

Angelica said: “I am so pleased my cancer is officially gone but I’m scared, I have to pinch myself like ‘is this real?’ as the last 20 years, it has always found a way back.

PIC FROM Iain Watts/Caters News: Angelica Fenney, 40, from St. Helens, Merseyside

“I don’t know where I have find the inner strength to battle cancer , but I always managed to keep on fighting and wouldn’t let cancer beat me.

“I was only a teenager when I was diagnosed with breast cancer as I had an inverted nipple, little did I know this was just the beginning of it.

“I was so young and naive, I thought I was going to die so I married at 18 and soon after divorced as I thought I would never experience it.

“At 28, I was diagnosed with cervical cancer, I couldn’t believe I was having to go through it again, within two weeks I had a hysterectomy in 2006.

PIC FROM Iain Watts/Caters News: Angelica Fenneys scar after one of her operations on her stomach

“It took me a long time to come to terms with the fact I will never have children.

“Since then I have undergone a CAT scan every three months and sadly lumps have been found on numerous occasions.

“Four years later, I was diagnosed with breast cancer again in 2010, this didn’t hit me as hard as I’d already been through so much.

“I refused to have a mastectomy, my breasts were large, and they were the only things left that made me feel like a woman so I opted for a lumpectomy.

“I thought it couldn’t get any worse, but it did, when I was 34, I had vulva wall cancer, but at least I got a designer vagina like all the celebrities.”

Angelica was diagnosed with breast cancer again 2014 followed by skin cancer 2015.

PIC FROM James Alexander Lyon / Caters News: Angelica Fenney, 40, from St. Helens, Merseyside, modelling

Her father William, 73, was diagnosed with lung cancer at the same time as she was battling bowel cancer at 39-years-old.

Throughout her battle, Angelica, raised money by completing 12-hour spinathons for Cancer Research and is set to do her first cancer-free one on May 18.

She said: “My dad said to me, ‘I told you, I wasn’t going to let you go through this alone’ and that made dealing with bowel cancer easier.

“We were fighting together, but sadly in 2017, my dad lost his battle which really took its toll on my mental health.

“I had a nervous breakdown but the support of my family and friends along with a mental health team, I got through it.

“This is the longest I have been in remission, I was told once before that I was cancer-free after they removed skin cancer from my face which then returned two months later on my leg.

PIC FROM Caters News: Collect image of Angelica Fenney, 40, from St. Helens, Merseyside, with a colostomy bag she had to have for 8 months

“Although there were years between each cancer, I was never free as I was on treatment or under supervision for abnormal cells.

“I have now been in remission for the first time ever for eight whole months, I still can’t believe it.

“I know my immune system isn’t as good as it should be but I am trying my best to get back into the swing of life.

“It feels like I have been in prison and now I am loving and free!

“I have even started modelling again thanks to Models of Diversity and I couldn’t be more proud when I walk down the runway for them at charity events.”

Angelica is now modelling for Models of Diversity – a charity which campaigns for more equality in the modelling industry.

TIMELINE OF CANCER DIAGNOSIS

1995 – An inverted nipple replaced by false nipple and a five year course of drug tamoxifen to beat the breast cancer.

2000 – Under supervision as abnormal cells were found on cervix.

2006 – Cervical cancer leading to an immediate hysterectomy.

2010 – Breast cancer.

2012 – Vulvic wall cancer.

2014 – Breast cancer – reopened the scar and removed the lump.

2015 – Skin cancer on face followed by leg.

2017 – Bowel cancer.

Please note: in-between each cancer diagnosis [despite being years apart] Angelica has suffered from other cancerous lumps / abnormal cells and therefore was never classified as in remission.