Thursday 15th March 2018
Georgie was 20 when she noticed a lump on her collarbone. She underwent tests and was diagnosed with stage 2 hodgkin's lymphoma, just 4 weeks after she spotted her first symptom.
I was shocked but I think I knew deep down that something was really wrong. It was devastating for me but maybe even harder for my partner and family. I was in a new relationship and my partner Matt was great - he told me I'd be ok, I'd get through it, but it was difficult for us to deal with at such an early stage. I'm very close to my mum, she's my best friend, and I could only imagine what it must have been like for her
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Being 57 miles from her nearest Teenage Cancer Trust unit meant it was a tough journey for Georgie to take, especially when she was feeling so ill. Instead she was treated on her local hospital where "the staff were very kind [but] I felt very isolated – the other people being treated were 50 or 60 years old. I had symptoms that no one seemed to understand, and couldn’t see any light at the end of the tunnel."
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"The team supported me and my family through the tough times. To know there was a voice at the end of the phone was sometimes just enough to get me through the day. Somebody who understood the pain and symptoms I was experiencing and for them to tell me it was normal and just a fruelling side effect really would put my mind at rest. My nurse would come and visit me at home after I'd had my treatment, and those were always the best days.
That support didn't end after she finished treatment and Georgie was invited to the Ultimate Backstage Experience at the Royal Albert Hall to meet other young people with cancer. "It was the first time I'd ever met other young people with cancer... It was great just being "normal" with all these people who had been through similar things"