The first time I was disagnosed with acute lymphoblastic leukaemia I was only two years old. After five years of treatment I thought I’d beaten it but it came back again when I was 9. After another two years of treatment, I was back leading a normal life before we discovered it had come back again on New Year’s Eve in 2010.
This time I had to have loads more chemotherapy, really horrible radiotherapy and a bone marrow transplant from an anonymous donor. I was in insolation in hospital whilst the new cells grew, and then followed a long, slow recovery (at home and in hospital). I was off school for nearly a year!
I found life after hospital a bit of a surreal experience which was much tougher than I thought it would be. However, I made it through and since going into remission I've been able to do some pretty amazing things. Every year we do the London Bikeathon to raise money and I love doing it as it is really inspiring.
I've also sailed alongside Dame Ellen MacArthur in a charity sailing regatta around the Isle of Wight and in the summer of 2012 I even had the honour of carrying the Olympic Torch for part of its journey to the Olympic Stadium:
So far my family has raised about £30,000 to help fund more research into finding a cure for blood cancers, especially in children and I won't give up until we’ve beaten blood cancers in children for good (currently 90% success rate) because I don’t want any other kids to go through what I've been through.
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