A WOMAN who has been given the all-clear from cancer is preparing to launch her new business in memory of her sister-in-law who she lost to the condition three years ago.

Anna Edmondson, from Windermere, was inspired to retrain as a holistic therapist after caring for her sister-in-law Julie, who died after being diagnosed with ovarian cancer.

And after receiving the all clear from breast cancer, which saw the 54-year-old undergo a mastectomy, chemotherapy and radiotherapy, she is now preparing to open her holistic therapy business Anna’s Holistic Happiness in January to help others.

“Three years ago my beautiful sister-in-law Julie sadly lost her battle with ovarian cancer,” she said.

“It was an honour to nurse and care for Julie at her home in Cambridge. We talked of how she loved her pamper days, those special moments of ‘me time’.

“Julie made me promise to do something with my life that I really enjoyed.”

Ms Edmondson previously ran a guest house in Ambleside before she retrained as a carer and then a holistic therapist.

“During this time, I decided to retrain in holistic therapies, reflexology, aromatherapy massage, Indian head massage and facials,” she said.

“All the things I love. Although extremely nervous and fearful of failing exams but with lots of encouragement from family and friends, I passed my VTCT Level 3 Diploma in Complimentary Therapies!

“I also qualified in Reiki.”

Last year Ms Edmondson was hit with the devastating news that she had breast cancer.

“It has taken nearly 12 months to recover but throughout my illness Julie’s words “you must do something with your life you really enjoy” kept spurring me on,” she said.

“Now I am fully recovered and excited to launch my new business.

“Holistic therapies can provide support physically, emotionally and spiritually. As a therapist I too benefit from the treatment experiencing a total sense of wellbeing and relaxation.

“I think Julie would be proud and most definitely the first in the queue to be booking her moments of ‘me time’!”

To book a treatment call 07817 206571 or email aholistichappiness@gmail.com.