What cancer were you diagnosed with?

Papillary Thyroid Cancer and Breast Cancer


What age were you diagnosed?

24 and 32


What has helped you to thrive?

This time round with breast cancer I felt less so because of the connections I've made online and with accessibility of charities like Trekstock.


Rhiannon's Story

I have sadly had cancer twice as a young adult and know how difficult it can be. I have had the whole spectrum of treatments and felt all manner of emotions. My journey started at the age of 24, I was diagnosed with papillary thyroid cancer that had spread to my lymph nodes. I had a years worth of treatment which removed my tumour which was the size of a tennis ball and zapped it with radioactive iodine treatment. I then recovered, but was left with fertility issues which lead me to having IVF and luckily for me it worked. I was blessed with a daughter. However, the IVF and pregnancy then triggered my breast cancer. When I was 32 and my daughter had just turned two, I was diagnosed with a grade 3 invasive ductile carcinoma. I then went on to have 7 rounds of heavy duty chemotherapy, surgery, 20 rounds of radiotherapy and I am currently still having herceptin treatments every three weeks.

I now have a positive prognosis and currently have no sign of cancer in my body. Though obviously as someone who has had cancer twice, I very much feel that this doesn't just mean I'm off the hook forever. Which I naively thought the first time round. When I was first diagnosed in 2009 social media was in its infancy and I felt very lonely and isolated. This time round with breast cancer I felt less so because of the connections I've made online and with accessibility of charities like Trekstock.