A BBC radio presenter who’s in remission from breast cancer has shared a candid photo of herself during gruelling chemotherapy – and compared it to a glamorous shot of herself scooping a top award this week.
Instagram star Lauren Mahon, 33, from London, was first diagnosed with breast cancer in August 2016, aged 31, and is a presenter on BBC Radio 5’s You, Me & The Big C podcast.
Known to her social media followers as @girlvscancer, Mahon triumphed last night at the first Stylist Magazine Remarkable Women Awards – and shared the shocking throwback photo to ‘show how far I’ve come’.
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Lauren Mahon, 33, from London, was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2016. She shared a photo of herself before her penultimate chemo session after accepting an award at the Stylist Remarkable Women ceremony. Now in remission, she said of the photo: ‘Face Full Of Rashes. Eyelashes Had Become The Stuff Of Myths.’
Nearly three years on and the BBC Radio Five Live podcast presenter, known as ‘Lolli’, is seen accepting the Triumph award at the Stylist Magazine event
Alongside the photo, she wrote: ‘About Last Night. Hello. This Was Me Two Years Ago. Just Finished My Penultimate Chemo.
‘Face Full Of Rashes. Reactions From Antibody Drugs. Cheekbones Had Long Given Way To Fluid Retention. Eyelashes Had Become The Stuff Of Myths.’
She added: ‘My Insides Felt Like Acid. My Bones Ached At The Core.’
Fast forwarding to the event in London nearly three years on, in which she was presented with the Triumph award by The Voice star Emma Willis.
She described herself as ‘a ridiculously proud recipient’ in a ‘room full of remarkable women’.
On stage, Mahon said of the award: ‘This award is the best thing that has ever happened to me. To be here with truly remarkable women this evening means the absolute world to me.
Mahon and Emma Willis, who presented the award. The social media star, who has 34,000 followers on Instagram, first told people about her journey with cancer on the girlvscancer blog
Lauren records You, Me & The Big C podcast for Radio Five Live. Here, she’s pictured with the late Rachael Bland, right, who died of cancer in 2018, and ‘Bowel Babe’ Deborah James, left
Rachel Bland’s husband Steve Bland recently appeared on Mahon’s podcast with his son Freddie to talk about the book Rachel had written in Freddie’s honour
Other winners of the night were Katarina Johnson-Thompson for Sports Star of the Year Award and Annie Lennox, for The Icon Award.
While Commissioner Of The Metropolitan Police Service Cressida Dick was honoured with the Glass Ceiling Award.
She said that she now lives her life ‘larger’ and tries to make every second count.
Mahon was diagosed with the disease after doctors discovered an aggressive tumour and underwent eight rounds of chemotherapy, followed by a lumpectomy, 21 doses of radiation and hormonal treatment.
Last year, after getting the all-clear, she appeared on Channel 4’s First Dates Hotel series looking for love.
Much to the disappointment of viewers, her date on the show, Pat, didn’t reciprocate her feelings.