For many people, being diagnosed with a serious illness can leave you struggling to find the positive, but this is not the case for Kate Tonner.
The 34-year-old mother, who was diagnosed with type 2B cervical cancer four years ago, admits that adjusting to life with her illness has ‘made her a better person’.
Since being diagnosed, Kate has made a number of major life decisions including marrying her partner, quitting her job and moving house.
“Being diagnosed with cancer has changed me completely. I’ve realised that the most important thing is to grab life full-on. Before I was treading through life. Now I live in the moment. Life is way too short. Cancer has changed me for the better – it’s made me more positive,” she explained.
Kate has also ticked off a number of goals from her bucket-list, from sneaking into Buckingham Palace, and meeting The Queen, to taking a helicopter ride.
Naturally, though, Kate’s priority has been to spend time with her 10-year-old daughter, Grace.
“We wanted our free time to be spent together and with Grace…We’ve been to loads of shows in London and had afternoon tea in The Savoy and The Ritz. Meanwhile, every half-term is an adventure,” she added.
Kate, who married her long-term partner Ian two years ago, admitted that while she doesn’t know what the future holds, she intends to make the most of every moment.
What an exceptional woman. We wish her the very best with her treatment.