Grace Keeping, 17
Acute Lymphoblastic Lymphoma
I was diagnosed on the 12th December 2017 with Acute Lymphoblastic Lymphoma after having a biopsy on the tumour on my head. I'd spent 9 months being told by doctors that I had Alopecia.
I’m so proud of what I’ve gone through so far; the diagnosis, the scans, the tests, chemotherapy. Never did I imagine that I'd be diagnosed with cancer at 16.
Yet I am forever grateful for what this experience has taught me and will teach me about life: don’t take a single thing for granted.
Be thankful for the hardships and learn from them. Never live in the past, just move on. Don’t hold grudges, they aren’t worth it in the end. Tell those close to you that you love them, appreciate them and all that nice stuff. And most importantly, love life. Love every single moment of it, even the bad times because you’ll look back on those moments with happiness at some point, so you may as well start now.
I'm currently in remission. I’m finally able to say that I no longer have a tumour, nor any active cancerous cells in my body. Yes, I know this may change. Yes, I know I still have to have two years worth of treatment. But for now I’ll enjoy this massive milestone.
Go do one, cancer.
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