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Saturday, 19 April 2014

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Workington woman overcomes cancer for next big challenge

A Workington woman is fighting fit again after a courageous battle with bowel cancer.

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TOTAL COMMITMENT: Personal trainer Simon Phillips has helped Kelly Charlton, of High Harrington, to rebuild her health and confidence after her battle with bowel cancer

Kelly Charlton, 31, is now cancer free and planning to enter next year’s gruelling Total Warrior obstacle challenge.

When the scars from three operations left her feeling low on self-confidence, she enlisted the help of personal trainer Simon Phillips.

Kelly, of High Harrington, said: “I certainly wasn’t happy with what I saw or how I felt.

“I knew I couldn’t change the scars but it was in my control to change the rest of my body and improve my health so I contacted Simon for help.

“I joke about him being rent-a-friend but he is there to motivate me and answer questions.”

Kelly has lost more than a stone and a half, plus seven inches from her stomach and hips this year.

Following her last operation in January 2012 she was told to rest and eat, low-fibre foods.

But eating what were essentially comfort foods had become something of a habit.

Simon offered nutritional advice to help her get back on track.

He has been a fitness professional for more than eight years but Kelly is the first client he has supported back from a life threatening illness.

Simon 26, of Douglas Road, who offers sessions in Intrim Fitness Centre in Workington, said: “I treated Kelly like any other client. Of course, she had limitations as she was recovering from major surgery.

“But she had the mental commitment which is half the battle. I listened to what she wanted to achieve, and we took things slowly.

“One of the first things we did was change her diet because to get the results she was looking for we needed to make some lifestyle changes.”

Simon is now sporting a beard and shaved his head as part of the ‘Decembeard’ campaign to raise awareness of bowel cancer. He has collected £570.

Those who wish to make a donation can visit www.justgiving.com/SimonPhillips 10.

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