Monday 22nd October 2018
Natalie, from Bideford in Devon, was diagnosed with follicular thyroid cancer in April 2018. “I went to the GP’s as I had a lump on my neck,” said Natalie.
They thought it was a viral infection. In April, 6 months after I had noticed the lump, it was removed and 2 weeks later I was told it was cancer.
As a young adult with cancer, Natalie had the option of being supported by Lorraine, a Teenage Cancer Trust funded nurse, during her cancer journey. For Natalie, Lorraine's support has been invaluable. "She told me that she was there to support me, that there was no such thing as a stupid question and I could ask her anything. I could obviously talk to my parents about stuff but Lorraine had the medical knowledge and that was really useful.”
Natalie has since had more surgery following the removal of the lump and will be on Levothyroxine for the rest of her life, although fortunately she did not have to undergo any chemotherapy treatment. She is yet to receive radioiodine and the treatment still makes her feel incredibly tired, but she has still been able to go to college.
Natalie has also decided to run the Bath Half Marathon on March 17th 2019 to raise money for Teenage Cancer Trust!
“I haven’t done much running before but I am going to run the Bath Half next year to raise money for the charity. It will be about a year since I was diagnosed and I thought it would be a good thing to aim for," said Natalie.
She added, "When I met Lorraine, I knew I wanted to raise money for Teenage Cancer Trust. Lorraine has introduced me to other young people going through a similar thing as she organises nights out for young people with cancer."
It is great to know that I wasn’t the only one going through this.”