What cancer were you diagnosed with?

Non Hodgkins Lymphoma


What age were you diagnosed?

27


What has helped you to thrive?

The things that have helped me thrive after diagnosis are finding friendship and support through charities that help young adults deal with cancer, and using social media to connect with others going through the same thing. I've also learned to appreciate things more now; this may be the worst time of my life but I've never been more positive than I am now and this is probably the only good thing to come of my diagnosis.


Lucy's Story

In March 2018 I was diagnosed with stage 4 diffuse large b-cell lymphoma, a type of non hodgkin's lymphoma, after a worsening cough caused me to go to the Doctors. By the time I ended up in A&E to get an x-ray to try and determine the cause of my wheezing and breathlessness the tumour in my chest had grown to such size that I needed almost immediate emergency chemotherapy for which I was admitted a few weeks later.

Genetic testing on the biopsy results of the tumour showed that I would likely not respond to the standard chemotherapy regime for my cancer and that I would need to have an intense more aggressive chemotherapy as an inpatient in hospital. Fyrther scans showed tumours in my abdomen as well as the cancer having spread outside my lymphatic system. It is now 7 months later and I have finished chemotherapy for the time being and am awaiting a repeat PET scan in January! 

Read more of Lucy's story here

Lucy and the Big C