Dionne was 24, pregnant with twins and had two older children when she first started noticing pain in her leg. She was eventually diagnosed with osteosarcoma and had to have her leg amputated.
Isabella, from London, was diagnosed with a chordoma (a rare type of cancer that occurs in the bones of the base of the skull and spine) in October 2019. Youth Support Coordinator Angie helped her through proton beam therapy at The Christie in Manchester during lockdown.
Tania Shepheard became one of the first young people we ever supported when she was diagnosed with bone cancer in 1990. She was initially treated at University College London Hospital before being moved to Teenage Cancer Trust’s first unit at Middlesex Hospital.
Jodie, from Nottingham, was 18 when she was diagnosed with Ewing’s Sarcoma in December 2017. She died in June 2019, just before her 20th birthday. Her mother, June, talks about how remembering Jodie is helping her cope with her loss.
"It helped having friends going through similar experiences as they knew what was happening to me and I didn't have to explain things."
"Last Christmas was a really difficult time for me. It was my boys’ first Christmas, so I’d wanted it to be really special for them but I was so poorly that I couldn’t even eat my Christmas dinner."