With 18 months of treatment ahead of me, I knew I wanted to give my cancer diagnosis some purpose, I especially wanted to make something good out of a bad situation. So, I started a YouTube channel, so that I could reach out to other cancer fighters and also share my cancer advice. My videos are mainly cancer advice videos, life updates and cancer vlogs. I really enjoy making them because it means I can help other people in my situation. Also, being a very sporty kid before, making videos became my new hobby and distracted me from the harsh reality of cancer. It was very therapeutic for me and gave me a sense of purpose.
Rhab-do-my-o-sar-coma – why does medical jargon have to be so complicated? I was 14 years old, still recovering from the news that I had cancer, and now I was given a diagnosis that I couldn’t even pronounce, let alone spell! Ahead of me, I faced the prospect of 9 rounds of intensive chemotherapy, possible surgery, 28 sessions of radiotherapy and 12 months of maintenance chemotherapy. I couldn’t comprehend how ill I would become or the uncertain future that lay ahead of me, but the one thing I could control was my attitude towards my journey: from day one I told myself that I WILL fight this cancer and I WILL stay positive – no concoction of drugs could override my immense self-belief and positivity. Of course, there were days that I felt like giving up, or that I felt that I was certain to die of this disease, but you get through it and you stay strong.
Currently, I am 16 months in remission and I am living life to the full! I still get 3-monthly scans and regular consultations with my doctors, but I am beginning to feel normality settle into my life again. In September, I will begin studying Biology, Chemistry and Maths at A-level, and my biggest achievement so far is certainly being the Founder of TeensVsCancer.