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The come back kid

I had cancer, but I got through it


  • Amanda Cresswell,

  • Irene Tuffrey-Wijne

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  • • I had cancer, but I got better. This story is about what happened in my life, and about having cancer.
  • • I was born with cerebral palsy and learning disabilities. My mum died of cancer when I was 14. It was difficult because she never told me that she was ill. It would have been better to know.
  • • I went to my GP when my cancer started, but he kept saying there was nothing wrong. In the end, I was taken to hospital because I collapsed.
  • • The first hospital never explained anything to me. I didn’t know what was going on, and I was very scared.
  • • My doctor in the second hospital told me I had cancer. He explained everything. My doctor and carers helped me to decide what to do. I had chemotherapy (strong cancer medicine in a drip) and radiotherapy (a cancer treatment which is a bit like having an X-ray). It was hard but I knew I didn’t want to die.
  • • My life is wonderful now. Having cancer made me stronger.
  • • Doctors and nurses should know that it is really important people are told about their cancer. They should tell people in a way that they can understand.
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