Hockey player returns to the pitch after winning cancer battle
Posted: Fri, 06 Oct 2017 09:05
A HOCKEY player who claims the sport helped her recover from cancer is returning to the pitch this weekend for her first competitive game since finishing treatment.
Tanya Ruffles, who was diagnosed with breast cancer in November last year, has been selected for the Felixstowe Hockey Club Ladies 2nd team for their first game of the season.
The match – which comes exactly a year after she first found a lump – will involve a host of fundraising activities for Breast Cancer Care in her honour.
The 37-year-old said: "I first started to play hockey so I could improve my fitness and be part of a team. But it has given me so much more.
"My teammates have been so supportive of me during my illness and they have gently encouraged me not to give up.
"When my chemotherapy and radiotherapy finished in July I started training again and I know this was instrumental in helping me recover and get stronger."
Tanya, who runs RB Agency in Felixstowe, is married to Civil Engineer Merrick and is mother to five-year-old Leo, has been part of Felixstowe Hockey Club for three years.
"My teammates are like family," she said. "They have seen me at my best and at my worst. They have helped me keep a positive mental attitude and to remember how good it feels to win.
"It means the world to me that a year after my cancer story began, I am stood with them all at my side for a battle which is a little more fun to fight."
Tanya's team were promoted to the Suffolk premier league in the summer after finishing second in division one last season.
Felixstowe Hockey Club are holding a full day of fundraising activities at the match this Saturday including wearing pink on the pitch, holding a cake sale, a raffle and selling pink drinks to spectators.
Tanya's game starts at 5.30pm at the FHC pitch at Felixstowe Academy. All are welcome.
To find out more about the club, including the youth and senior sections, visit www.felixstowehockeyclub.co.uk