Nicola's Story


My life before cancer was very energetic, fun and crazy. I can’t tell you how wonderful it was without a big umbrella hanging over your head. Cancer has been in our family and you kind of grow up with it, knowing about it, but never thinking it will affect you in your own life. And then it hits you, and you feel devastated because you are told that you have cancer.It’s alright your family and friends saying ‘you’re going to be fine’, but you need your doctor to tell you as well.

Nicola O'Brian is a local woman from Leicester who was diagnosed with breast cancer early last year and is supporting the University of Leicester’s plans to transform medical teaching, welcoming the emphasis on compassionate and holistic treatment, in a moving new video.

Nicola has spoken of the transformative influence of well-trained doctors as she backed the University of Leicester’s Centre for Medicine Appeal, encouraging everyone to play a part in the development of a new generation of healthcare and medical education for the region.


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