What cancer were you diagnosed with?

Stage 4 Hodgkin’s Lymphoma - Has since relapsed

What age were you diagnosed?


What has helped you to thrive?

Finding the fun and seeing the positive throughout my journey has been so important in helping me thrive. Cancer can take a lot away from you but the one thing it cannot take is your attitude. Also a huge reason I am able to stay positive is down to the relationships I have formed thanks to Trekstock. It's like having an extended family and all of them ‘get it.’

Georgie's Story

After having what I thought was the flu for about a month and then finding a large lump on the side of my neck I went to see my GP. Luckily I had a quick thinking doctor who ran through a list of symptoms for Lymphoma and it turned out I had every one of them. I had experienced severe itching for about a year (which I had gone to the doctors for about 3 times!), recurrent infections, fatigue, weight loss, cold/flu and now a darn big lump in my neck! I was referred for multiple tests and got a call on a Thursday that I had Stage 4 Hodgkin’s Lymphoma and I was starting chemo on the Friday. Although I was gutted I couldn’t have my eggs harvested or get the brows micro-bladed, the speed of it all was a blessing for me - I didn’t have time to sit and worry!

I underwent 12 rounds of ABVD chemotherapy over 6 months to reach remission. Even though those 6 months were tough I focused on finding the fun and turning a rather negative & scary experience into something quite positive. I focussed on fundraising for my hospital, comparing my bald noggin to Christmas baubles and boiled eggs, and connecting with others thanks to Trekstock.

Slowly I started to get my life back together; going to the gym to rebuild strength and starting the Renew program, seeing friends, planning on going back to work and sprouting some new hairs…. 

But all that changed when I received the news I had relapsed at my 3 month check up. If I thought the news of cancer the first time hit me like a bus, well this time it was a dam freight train! I struggled to see the positives this time round as I underwent serious surgery and was told it was unlikely I will ever be able to have children thanks to a Stem Cell Transplant I needed. Luckily I have a great support network from others that ‘get it’ who helped me cope and keep me chipper. I have now completed 3 cycles of Gem-P chemo and getting geared up for my transplant.