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It’s important to keep asking for help if something feels wrong 

Alex was diagnosed with acute lymphoblastic leukaemia in June 2019 aged 13. She is currently on maintenance treatment, shared between her local hospital in Coventry and Birmingham Children’s Hospital. 

Acute lymphoblastic leukaemia (ALL)

Getting checked could really be the difference between life and death 

Mitch, from West Cumbria, was diagnosed with germ cell cancer in May 2020. He was treated on the Teenage Cancer Trust unit at the Freeman Hospital in Newcastle. 

I ignored the lump at first as I thought I’d hurt myself training 

Angel was diagnosed with Hodgkin lymphoma in August 2018, and was helped by Teenage Cancer Trust Nurse Claire at St George’s Hospital in London. 

Hodgkin lymphoma

Even if it is nothing, is it not best to check? 

Olivia was 20 when she was diagnosed with stage 4 cancer of the tongue and lymph nodes. She was treated on the Teenage Cancer Trust unit at The Freeman Hospital in Newcastle. 

I had no idea about the signs and symptoms of cancer 

Darcy was diagnosed with skin cancer in February 2020 aged 21. She was supported by Teenage Cancer Trust at The Christie in Manchester. 

skin cancer

With the pandemic, nothing is normal - celebrating getting the all clear took a back seat 

Claire Harper (26), a social worker from Keith, Scotland, was diagnosed with Hodgkin’s lymphoma and was helped by a Teenage Cancer Trust nurse.

Hodgkin lymphoma

I was anxious about shielding ending and going back to uni during the pandemic 

Nicole Lowther (19), a student from Lanarkshire, was diagnosed with Hodgkin’s lymphoma in May 2018. She was helped by Teenage Cancer Trust at The Beatson

Hodgkin lymphoma

My appendix bursting was my saving grace 

Amber was 20 when she was diagnosed with neuroendocrine tumour in her appendix and bowel in March 2019. She was treated at Antrim Area Hospital and supported by Kerrie, the local Teenage and Young Adult Clinical Nurse Specialist for Teenage Cancer Trust. 

Bowel cancer

Jodie had a gladiator spirit 

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.

bone cancer

“It’s fine to feel sadness, just as it is to feel joy.” 

Kaleb, from Birmingham, was diagnosed with a pilocytic astrocytoma (a type of brain tumour) after experiencing a brain haemorrhage when he was 14. He was treated at Birmingham Children’s Hospital.

brain tumours

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