A brave woman is battling breast cancer blues by doing carpool karaoke on the way to her radiotherapy appointments.
Mandy Taylor was in remission when the deadly disease returned this summer.
Now, to keep her spirits high, she’s getting family, friends and even strangers to do a James Corden-style carpool karaoke with her on the way to appointments.
The 49-year-old, who lives in Golcar, said she had a 'meltdown' on her first visit to hospital and needed a way to stay positive during treatment.
She said: "I thought if I can’t even make it through the door, how am I going to make it to 15 appointments?
"I came up with the idea of doing carpool karaoke with 15 different drivers in numerous forms of transport taking me to hospital - and on the way we wouldn't talk about cancer."
Mandy was first diagnosed with cancer six years ago.
She had stopped treatment after many remedial surgeries, but was still having check-ups when a new tumour appeared in the exact same place as the original one.
Fortunately, it was removed within a month of finding it and now she’s undergoing radiotherapy at St James Institute of Oncology in Leeds.
She said: “It felt like I had just gotten my life back on track. Finding another tumour made me stop for a minute and think, ‘Why me?’
“We thought it was all behind me and thought we wouldn’t have to do this again. I say ‘we’ because my husband Andrew has been amazing and my family and friends so I’m not alone in this.
“But cancer statistics are so high now, I’d rather it be me than someone else.
“I’ve been there, done that, got the T-shirt and it will not defeat me. I wouldn’t wish it on anybody else.”
It was this fighting attitude that allowed Mandy to turn her meltdown at the Bexley Wing into a way to raise awareness about what it’s like to be in treatment.
She said: "I think my reaction was because it was a specialist facility dedicated to the treatment of cancer.
“Before, my appointments were at general hospitals like Huddersfield Royal Infirmary and no one in the waiting rooms knew what I was there for, I was able to be anonymous.
"When I was first diagnosed, I threw myself into charity work and barely had time to think about it.
“I couldn’t pretend everything was normal anymore and the reality was stark and shocking for someone like me who was in denial."
Mandy is posting a new video every weekday from October 20 to November 9.
Songs she’s already covered include ‘All Night Long’ by Lionel Richie with her mum Carol Hill and ‘Don’t Stop Me Now’ by Queen.
She’s ridden on the back of a friend’s motorbike and next week, a stranger will give her a lift in a vintage fire engine.
Mandy, who works as personal assistant, volunteers for many charities in her spare time and previously worked for the Huddersfield Town Foundation.
But acknowledging that she’s in a better position than other patients, she said: “I don’t want to upset anybody.
“Please don’t think I’m laughing in the face of cancer or at anybody who has lost their family or friends to cancer.
“This is just my journey and my way of staying positive.”