A mum who endured eight sessions of chemotherapy and two surgeries has thanked her cancer team for saving her life.

Sasha Leacock, 48, from Penge, was diagnosed with breast cancer in February of last year after finding a lump.

She described being told the devastating news as "life affirming".

"You feel more alive than you ever did before when your life is under threat," the mum told News Shopper.

She celebrated her last treatment by taking part in a charity fashion show organised by Guy’s and St Thomas’ last month.

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Sasha, who works as an arts manager, described her treatment at the hospital as "amazing".

The mum said: "Chemotherapy is the worst thing to do in the world but personally I coped better than what I was expecting.

"I was fortunate to have the medical staff."

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She said the biggest struggle was the changes to her body because of the side affects of chemo.

"You feel so lousy and see changes in appearance. Your hair is falling apart, you have no energy and you feel like you can’t do this much longer."

The inspiring woman, who is now in remission, said her outlook on life has changed.

She explained: "It makes you clear on the things you do and don’t want to do. You don’t want to waste time because you can’t put off everything for tomorrow.

"It makes you get on with things and not allow fear or anxiety to delay you.

"You just go for it and that was what the show was about."

Sasha’s mother and daughter joined her on the night to show their support during the Cancer Survivor’s Day fashion show celebrations.

The new lease of life inspired in Sasha has also prompted her to start acting lessons and to take up jewellery making.

Dr Anne Rigg, director of oncology of Guy’s and St Thomas, said she was "really glad" to hear Sasha was doing so well.

She added: "Breast cancer is one of the most common cancers affecting women in the UK but if the condition is detected early it can be successfully treated."