I'm A Young Adult Your Voices Keeley What cancer were you diagnosed with? Stage 4 incurable cervical cancer What age were you diagnosed? 35 What has helped you to thrive? What helped me most through this was how well my body has responded. Initially, they thought I wouldn’t make it past January and I would have no kidney function forever. I have fully functioning kidneys now as my first two chemos shrunk the tumour enough to allow them to function. I’ve also bought a house and moved pretty much alone so I know how strong I am. I also have a great support system including people who have survived cancer against the odds. Finally, I set up an Instagram to document my story which has helped people and allowed me to connect with other incurables. Keeley's Story I was diagnosed in January 2020 after my kidneys failed due to the tumour blocking them. Had my mom not argued with the doctor to do a blood test, I would have died as my kidneys were about to give up completely. I had been going to the doctors for 16 months before this as I initially noticed a lot of blood clots. I had one scan in 2018 which came back clear. I was then told I had a burst cyst after chronic pain one night. I repeatedly went to the doctors and A&E after really heavy bleeds and blood clots the size of my hand but kept getting told it was just how my periods were even though I knew it wasn’t normal! Even after diagnosis, I was told that because I was young, otherwise healthy and not showing any other symptoms, that they would assume it was other things first.