Iona was diagnosed with leukaemia four years ago. Prior to her diagnosis, she had been up and down with viruses and fatigue for three months and developed marks on her arms. Upon examination by a doctor, she was immediately admitted to hospital and started months of chemotherapy.
Iona said: “It was a massive shock. I didn’t really understand what blood cancer was because I was so young, but when I spoke to my sister I started to realise it was serious.”
“Losing your hair, you don’t feel normal - that was probably the biggest shock for me. Because the treatment was really intense I had to be in isolation a lot - it got pretty lonely.”
After six months of treatment and rest, incredibly, Iona could go back to school. She added: “I was desperate to get back to school, it felt like a relief to get back to normal. I know that I wouldn’t be here without the research that Leukaemia & Lymphoma Research have done over the past 50 years. That's why I'm helping Small Change, Big Impact and why it's so important to get involved and support Leukaemia & Lymphoma Research in their mission to beat blood cancer."