A KEEN cyclist from Rugby who had surgery to remove a large benign tumour has got back in the saddle to take part in a tough cycling mission.
Jo Carter, 36, who had a tumour roughly size of a rugby ball, completed the gruelling 20-mile Man v Mountain race just one year after having a hysterectomy to remove the tumour at University Hospital in Coventry.
Firefighter Jo said: “I went to the doctors with what I thought was a hernia. I had a scan and was told I had a growth. I didn’t know if it was benign or not which was pretty daunting.
“From when I got diagnosed to surgery they were faultless, I even had my operation on the bank holiday.”
Jo had the tumour removed by surgeon Sophia Julien and her team, to whom she now dedicates every win and podium place following her successful treatment.
Jo added: “I read a lot of the forums about hysterectomies and they were very negative. It is very worrying when you go from being fit and healthy to reading that you won’t be able to do stuff.
“I just kept telling myself that’s not going to be me. I was down to do the Man v Mountain event, which I had to defer for a year which was a bit gutting.”
Jo couldn’t wait to get back in the saddle and back out on the road as soon as she was fit enough and before long, she had a string of medals – from 10k and half marathon runs and obstacle course races.
She said: “It did hurt – I have never felt pain like it – but it does get better slowly. The care that you get in surgery is second to none.
“The surgeons do an amazing job and they are worth every penny because they make people better.”