@NHS from 29/01/18 to 02/02/18
Place of treatment: University College Hospital, London & Royal National Orthopaedic Hospital, Stanmore
I was just about to start my 2nd year of A-Levels, ready to apply for Uni and getting ready for all the other exciting things that come with your last year of school. But on the 7th of August 2014 my life was catapulted into a situation I could never have imagined. I was 17 years old when I started experiencing pain in my leg. I was midway through my AS Levels and didn’t take much notice of the pain at first-I put it down to a fall I’d had in a Drama lesson, or I’d ‘slept funny’. But the pain got gradually worse until about a month later my teacher noticed that I had started to limp and encouraged me to go and get it checked by a doctor. I was diagnosed with an extremely rare form of bone cancer called Osteosarcoma, just a month before my 18thbirthday.
I underwent 2 cycles of IMAP chemotherapy, before having a distal-femoral knee replacement (a fancy way of saying they replaced my knee with a metal joint and my femur with a plastic piece). Following this, I had a further 4 cycles of chemo, a 6 month course of immunotherapy, and another total knee replacement where they also removed my knee cap.
I had to re-train my brain to walk with this new foreign contraption, which was a long, slow and painful process. I may never be able to run or wear high heels but here I am today, able to walk using my own leg and my own foot. They say that 10 years ago I would have lost my leg. How lucky am I!!!
I currently work in events and have recently got my first full time job which is very exciting. I also do a lot of charity work with various charities that helped me when I was ill, such as CLIC Sargent. My passion is anything Drama/Theatre related. I absolutely love going to the theatre, as well as performing, however unfortunately, since treatment I haven’t been able to do this as much because of my limited movement.
I love travelling and seeing different cultures and my dream is to eventually I hope to go and live in a Spanish-speaking country to improve my language skills.
My aim in life is to enjoy each day and take each one as it comes. No-one knows what is around the corner, so it’s really important to me to cherish the little things and not sweat the small stuff. Life is too short to be anything but happy.