In November 1998, just days after my 4th birthday, I was diagnosed with acute lymphoblastic leukaemia (ALL).
As a result of having encountered radiotherapy, it grew back in patches. My hair failed to naturally regain which had a huge impact on the next 8 years of my life. I was severely bullied by narrow minded, and self-centred individuals who saw me as different and used it as an opportunity to humiliate and belittle me as I was not seen to be "perfect". I endured 8 years of being taunted with cruel names and chants, the effects of this undermined my confidence to the point where I no longer wanted to go to school and my attendance fell as low as 40%.
No one deserves to be afraid of going to school, work or to just walk down the street as our lives need not be defined nor shaped by the views of others.
There are so many people out there who don’t realize how serious blood cancers are, I have been one of the lucky ones. This is why it is so important that research continues. For this reason, I have decided to "Shave for cancer" and to try and raise as much money as I possibly can in aid of fighting leukaemia. The shave itself is to take place in London and will be done by Tony Rizzo, Founder of the Alternative Hair Show and its charity fighting leukaemia which has raised more than £8 million raised for leukaemia causes worldwide, not least Leukaemia & Lymphoma Research, UK since Tony set it up in 1983.
Thank you all for taking the time to read my story and I hope that you will help me on this journey to raise awareness and help beat this disease.
Fleur has set herself a fundraising target of £1000 for her headshave. Visit her JustGiving page to make a donation to help Fleur beat blood cancer.