I am a Registered Adult and a Registered Children’s nurse, qualifying in Cardiff in 1978 and 1982. When I first worked on a children’s cancer ward, I knew that I had found my niche.
We then moved to London, where I worked at the Royal Marsden Hospital and then to Leeds in 1992, where I have settled.
I became a teenage cancer Macmillan Clinical Nurse Specialist in 1998 with the remit to set up a service for young people with cancer. In 2008, after achieving an MA, I became one of the first Teenage Cancer Trust Nurse Consultants, a post I have held until 2021.
Now I have retired, I want to use all of my experience and knowledge to help further influence and shape the teenage and young adult cancer specialty.
Working with Teenage Cancer Trust as a Trustee is an honour and I am looking forward to continuing to support the charity in a new and exciting way.
Teenage Cancer Trust and Me
I have learnt so much during my time working with the young people and their families, and I consider it to have been the privilege of my lifelong career.
I have also met and worked with some outstanding professionals who have, together, helped shape the teenage and young adult cancer world that we now see. Without Teenage Cancer Trust, this would never have been possible.