When I was first diagnosed and sat waiting for my scan results and a nurse said to me “it’s probably the last thing you want to hear right now but there will be so many positive things that will come out of this even though it might not seem like it right now”. At the time obviously, I thought she was crazy and that she had no idea what I was going through. However, looking back on that day where I was sat waiting for my scan results talking to the nurse, there was no better advice she could’ve given me.
Nobody expects a cancer diagnosis especially at the age of 15, and I wouldn’t wish cancer on my worst enemy, but I’m not bitter it chose me. I can’t imagine my life without a cancer diagnosis and I’ve reached the stage in my life where it’s not a negative thing anymore. I wouldn’t wish the pain, sickness, sadness and hundreds of other emotions I have battled with on anyone else but my diagnosis has now become a positive thing.
It has made me a massively stronger person and I have an outlook on life that many people don’t have as they have never had to deal with difficult times and fight for their life. Life is so precious and since being in remission I have tried to do a challenge or some sort of fundraising each year to help raise money for cancer charities. And in a selfish way, without being diagnosed I don’t think I would have done as much or to the extreme motivation that I have to raise as much money as possible because a lot of other people my age have not seen the horrors of cancer to the extent I have and don’t see the importance of raising money.
I do sometimes wonder what my life would be like without cancer but then I don’t think I would have the outlook on life it has brought me and I wouldn’t appreciate the little things in life. I have a sense of urgency now to travel, see and do the things I want to because you never know what life is going to throw at you and how quickly your freedom can be taken away from you.
However, sometimes it isn’t easy to always see the positive side of my diagnosis and it’s very easy to forget how far you have come. Through the support from Teens Unite, moving on has been made a lot easier. You can laugh and joke with people who have been through similar things you have and you can relate to them on a different level to your other friends. That’s another reason why I can’t imagine my life without cancer as I have made so many life- long friends which I can’t imagine not being in my life today. Without cancer I wouldn’t be the person I am today and I truly believe I’m a better person for battling with such a horrible disease that affects so many people.
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