A senior North-east police officer is battling an aggressive cancer by training for an Arctic marathon.
Sharon Milton, 45, was diagnosed with stage three cancer after she discovered a lump in her breast in February last year.
Although devastated, the mother-of-two set about making plans for the future as soon as she was diagnosed.
She said: “In that week it seemed a really good idea to set myself some long term goals and one of those was doing an Arctic marathon for the charity Walk the Walk.”
Mrs Milton has been off work for almost a year and is now busy training up for her Arctic adventure, which will take place in the most northern part of Sweden in the Subarctic Circle in February.
Facing blistering cold temperatures as low as -30C along with possible strong gales, she will make her way across the snow covered wilderness on skis to raise money for charity.
It has been a tough year for the chief superintendent, who lives with her two children, Ross, 12, Sam, 10, and 48-year-old farmer husband Nick in a village in Aberdeenshire.
But she feels her positive attitude helped her deal with her diagnosis.
She said: “Everyone’s experience of cancer is different. I have had some amazing support from friends, family and colleagues.
“I’ve been focusing on the positives and enjoying life and that has got me through it.”
“It seemed important to me to come out of this experience and have benefited as a person rather than try to pretend it hadn’t happened and try to revert to the way it was before.”
Mrs Milton rediscovered her love of painting when she was recuperating and is now selling artworks to raise money for charity with an exhibition at Pitmedden House.
She is also taking part in a 10-mile Culture Crawl walk as part of her training with colleagues and friends in Aberdeen.
The event will raise money for Maggie’s Centres across Scotland, a cause close to her heart because of the help she received at the centre in Aberdeen while receiving cancer treatments.
Donations can be given by visiting: justgiving.com/TeamShar