Read Bethany’s victory against osteosarcoma
“I was diagnosed with a rare form of bone cancer called Periosteal osteosarcoma in 2010, I was 14 years old.
It started with an ache and I had a very small lump on my left leg, just under my knee, it grew fast and was the size of a tennis ball in no time. My GP sent me for an urgent x-ray and then I was quickly referred to the Royal National Orthopaedic Hospital. It all happened so fast I didn’t know what was going on.
I had a biopsy and results day arrived. The doctor looked at me and said ‘I’m sorry but it’s cancer’. I will never forget those words but I was thinking ‘no he has it wrong, I’m 14 I can’t have cancer’. He said that the osteosarcoma tumour would need to be removed with surgery.
The big day arrived, I remember going there thinking ‘I may leave here with just one leg’. And that, I couldn’t accept. It took five hours, but the doctors were able to save my leg and successfully remove all of the tumour.
Two years later I was in a show dancing, cartwheeling and doing the splits and handstands! The doctors were amazed and said that I should be using crutches!
I am now 18 years old and have been clear for almost five years. I have finished a dance BTEC at college and am at university studying Dance Education.”
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