Hannah What cancer were you diagnosed with? Acute Lymphoblastic Leukaemia What age were you diagnosed? 13 What has helped you to thrive? Family and friends have definitely helped me thrive with never-ending and extensive love and support. Education has also been an extremely large part of helping me thrive. As even during the midst of treatment I was able to throw myself into work, enabling me to pass my GCSE'S, A levels and work finally into my last year of University. I also regularly exercise, do yoga and meditate to try and relieve stress. Hannah's Story Hey! My name is Hannah and I was diagnosed with Acute Lymphoblastic Leukaemia when I was 13. I was diagnosed after my doctor sent me to get a blood test after thinking that I had anaemia or glandular fever, while my mum simply believed that I was going through puberty. Unlike many others I know, I only had one symptom which was extreme fatigue. This meant that as soon as I came home from school I would have to sleep. When my local hospital told me I had Leukaemia, I had no idea what it was, let alone a type of cancer. The day after I was diagnosed, I was taken to UCLH where I began a month of inpatient chemotherapy. After my month, I was allowed home and I could start to prepare for Christmas. However, on the 4th of December, I collapsed in my bathroom, hitting my head and began to have epileptic fits due to blood clots on my brain. I was rushed into hospital and was put into a medically induced coma, where my parents were told I had suffered a bleed on my brain and had numerous blood clots all around my body. Due to these blood clots, my right side of my body swelled up to a size 22 while the left side of my body stayed a size 12. Thanks to the blood clots, I had to stay in hospital and had Christmas on the ward, a very different but enjoyable Christmas to the one I was used to. But I had to learn to walk again and was so frustrated I could only walk a few steps at the start, while also being injected with blood thinners every 12 hours. My other side effects included steroid-induced diabetes and hair loss which was extremely hard to deal with. Even now 5 years in remission I am dealing with late effects. These include extreme fatigue, hypothyroidism and really bad joint paint. Due to my aggressive treatment, I also have to deal with Anxiety, Depression and PTSD. Cancer has taught me resilience, strength and patience. Although I would have never asked or wanted to go through what I have, and I doubt anyone in their right mind would, I am very proud of the person I have become because of cancer.