The months leading up to my diagnosis

Before chemotherapy started I had to go through many tests and procedures running up to my diagnosis. This was the worst 5 months of my life. So much worse than actually going through chemotherapy as at least I knew what I was dealing with and I was on the path of getting it sorted. The not knowing is the worse feeling, you are constantly thinking of what is wrong with me?, will I be here next year?. I had terrible thoughts going through my head. Trying to keep a brave face and get on with life for those 5 months were extremely challenging, as I didn't know what my life held in the coming months ahead. I am so thankful to all the doctors and nurses who kept pushing to get an answer to what was wrong with me, as if they didn't I may not be here today. This journey has taught me to live everyday as if it was your last, never take a day for granted as you don't know what the next day will hold. All it took was one day to change the rest of my life. I will never be the same person I was before all of this but I can tell you all I am a much stronger young woman who will never take life for granted ever again. 

I especially have to give a massive thank you to my specialist nurse at the Teenage Cancer Trust who has been there for me right from the beginning in July 2019. She has always been there for me, even if it was just for a chat. It does not even matter if it is outside her working hours or at the weekend, I know she will always answer. Without her help and reassurance this journey would be so much worse. She just isn't my nurse but has become my friend who I will forever be grateful for. 

 

20th December 2019, just before Christmas I found out that I was diagnosed with Lymphoma. I remember getting the phone call from my nurse that morning telling me could I come up to the hospital, that they had my results. I knew deep down it wasn't good news. I remember coming off the phone call and going to my...

Well this was a very scary day for both myself and my family. I was having to have an operation to remove one of my lymph nodes, which would have to be carried out under general anaesthetic, which I was so frightened about as I had to have a general anaesthetic before when I was younger and I remember...

The first test I had performed was an ultrasound on my neck to see what my Lymph nodes looked like. This was performed at hospital. I was so nervous. The doctor who performed the ultrasound could of been a bit more sympathetic, he didn't even say hello. So that made my nerves 10 times worse. The only thing he...

Blood tests 

16/05/2020

When I first went to see my Hematology consultant I was told that I would have to get a range of blood tests carried out that day so they can see if my lymph nodes were swollen due to some type of infection. My consultant is amazing, he really made me feel at ease, trying to make me laugh...

A core needle biopsy is when a local anaesthetic is given and a hollow needle is inserted through the skin and into the area to be examined. In my case, one of my swollen lymph nodes which I decided to name Barry and Bill haha. An ultrasound is normally used to help guide the needle to exactly the right...