Saturday, 16 April 2011
So after i found and was inspired by sophiefeelsbetter's blog, i decided i was going to start a blog. I thought it would be a fun way to share my experiences going through my Cancer and I've decided i may as well be open about it.
Cancer is a big word. It's scary. Everyone knows it, but little about it. So I'll tell you about my Cancer. I have what's called Stage Four Hodgkins Lymphoma. Its a cancer originating from white blood cells called lymphocytes and is a cancer of the lymph tissue which can be found in lymph nodes, spleen, liver, bone marrow etc. The 'stage four' part basically means that I have the worst case and that it has spread everywhere it possibly can. The treatment for it is six cycles of Chemotherapy, then Radiotherapy and should last 6-9 months. And yes, there are side affects, some of which i'm sure your aware (hello baldie!)
The first thing I really want to talk about, though, is the support. The support I've had from my friends and family is unreal. (the amount of flowers and chocolate I've been given is too!) But honestly, I could not ask for better people in my life. But it's also the support from charities. I get treated in Sick Kids and when I'm in I stay in TCT which is the Teenage Cancer Ward funded by Teenage Cancer Trust. The difference it makes is unreal, it's our own quiet space and the rooms are kitted out with big TVs and there's a lounge with an XBox, Wii, PS3 and loads of movies. TCT also fund for our wigs, they're done by the wonderful Charlie Miller (so you can imagine how amazing they are) and that makes a huge difference. Another charity I'd like to mention is It's Good 2 Give! It was set up by a friend of my mum's and they provide various snacks for the ward I stay in (hospital food isn't great) and generally the support that all cancer charities offer is incredible!
When i was first told i had cancer, i was speechless. There was honestly nothing I could think to say. So I just cried. But I have a very positive attitude towards it; there's nothing i can do about it so why dwell on it. So essentially, this blog is my diary, but i thought i'd share it. If anyone cares...probably not.