Thursday 4th February 2016
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"My diagnosis was so vague, there was no mention of the word 'cancer' at all! I didn't really understand what was wrong with me. It was when I phoned a family friend that it all became clearer. She told me over the phone that Hodgkin's Lymphoma was a type of cancer, and gave me more information about it. I felt awful for her that she had to give me the full news. When I found out that I had cancer, I just cried...." read more
"Back in May I was diagnosed with Ewing Sarcoma, a form of bone cancer. I was fit and active, always playing football, weight training daily and had a healthy diet to match my lifestyle. I couldn't believe cancer could happen to me... As I walked into my follow up appointment, part of me knew something was seriously wrong. I was accompanied by my dad and girlfriend when I was told I had cancer. My dad passed out from the shock and my girlfriend was in tears..." read more
"Luckily, I had support from Sian, the Youth Support Coordinator on the unit. She was there every step of the way. When my hair started falling out in clumps during chemo, it was Sian who helped me shave it off, and who sorted out a wig for me. She helped me find nursery care for my son when I was struggling. Perhaps most importantly, she was there for me through my depression. I would ring her up crying at any hour of the day and she would be there for me..." read more
— Teenage Cancer Trust (@TeenageCancer) February 4, 2016