Thursday 5th October 2017

East Anglia

"It was Stewart's idea to support Teenage Cancer Trust in the run up to our wedding. We had been together for 6 years so there was nothing that we felt we needed. Teenage Cancer Trust had supported our family so much from May 2015 - Sept 2015 for my treatment, that there was an even greater need to raise money for such an amazing charity for other people to benefit from in the future.

The response from our wonderful friends and family were phenomenal and we raised £2,040!

I was diagnosed with Non-Hodgkin Lymphoma on the 27 April 2015, and after spending a few days in Papworth hospital, I was transferred to Addenbrooke's - ward C9, to begin my chemotherapy.

The staff are all equally amazing, it's not just somewhere you go to receive treatment, it's a home away from home. Having your own en suite bathroom, along with a TV over your bed, mini fridge, wardrobe space, and availability to order food from the kitchen whenever you were hungry was a saving grace. Nothing was ever too much effort for anyone who worked on that ward, you were made to feel at ease and that's a really special atmosphere to create when someone is undergoing cancer treatment.

You can feel a bit lost and isolated at times, but that didn't happen to me on ward C9.

I even managed to order myself a Domino's pizza from my ward bed, one Saturday evening, #hospitalgoals!

I was able to still feel independent, being 24 at the time and engaged to my fiancé, with a child in tow, it was important for me to still be able to have my loved ones come to visit me on a regular basis. I was told that they could come anytime, and that they were extremely excited to meet my son Luca (who was 5 months old at the time). One of the nurses even made me a 'shhhh sleeping baby' sign and attached it to my door whenever Stewart and Luca came to see me, so that anyone needing to come into my room wouldn't disturb us too much.

Treatment quickly becomes part of your life, and part of a mundane routine of blood tests and regular chemotherapy, but I know deep down that without the freedom of my ward, and the fabulous doctors and nurses working there, then it would have been a much more harrowing experience to say the least.

My wonderful wedding day took place on the 11 March 2017 in The Venue at Kersey Mill in Suffolk.

It was a great day, the sun was shining and we were surrounded by all of our loved ones. It really was the icing on top of a well deserved cake.

I have been in remission since Jan 2016 and will look forward to the day that I am given the all clear... watch this space."

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