Amelia, 28, was 17 years old when she discovered a lump in her neck. It was two weeks before her 18th birthday. Her mum was a doctor and she knew of other young people who have had cancer so suggested Amelia get a scan, after which, Amelia was diagnosed with Hodgkin’s lymphoma. 11 years on, Amelia is taking on the Virgin Money London Marathon to raise money for the charity which helpd her through her journey, Teenage Cancer Trust.
Amelia tells us more
“When I was diagnosed with Hodgkin’s Lymphoma 2 weeks before my 18th birthday my world was turned upside down. I went from a care free teenager who just wanted to go out and party with her friends every weekend to endless hospital appointments, scans, operations, needles, chemotherapy and hair loss. It goes without saying that I absolutely could not have gotten through that time without the unwavering support of my family and friends around me. But looking back on that time of my life now, 9 years on, I realise how unbelievably lucky I was to have had the involvement of Teenage Cancer Trust through my cancer journey.”
Amelia was first placed on an adult ward but was finally treated at the Teenage Cancer Trust Unit at St James’s Hospital, Leeds, where she had 4 months of intense chemotherapy. As a teenager dealing with cancer, she said there was no better place for her to be. For Amelia, it was better to be around other people her own age, rather than the very old who were dying. Amelia said:
“I was surrounded by people my own age that I could relate to and the staff were incredible (the famous Sue Morgan MBE to name but one!!). Not only in their medical assistance but in their tireless support, general cheeriness and humour that you desperately need at 18 going through cancer to feel normal again. I was also very lucky during this time to have attended the Teenage Cancer Trust “Find Your Sense of Tumour” conference which was honestly one of the best weekends I have ever had! To be surrounded by hundreds of other teens in the same situation all together having a laugh and enjoying ourselves was priceless.”
Amelia made lots of friends on the unit who have since sadly passed away. 9 years on from Amelia being in remission, she has decided to give back to Teenage Cancer Trust and run the Virgin Money London Marathon in aid of the charity that lies close to her heart.
Amelia says: “I have absolutely no doubt that running the London marathon will be a massive physical and mental challenge for me but I figure I took on cancer so how hard can it be in comparison?!”
How you can help
You can support Amelia’s fundraising by donating to her Virgin Money Giving page.