A cancer diagnosis at any age is hard, but it’s the last thing on any teenager’s mind | Leena Sirpal

I don’t think I realised how seriously ill I was. And I don’t know how I would have got through chemotherapy without the support of my family

“Am I going to lose my hair?” was my first question for my doctor when he told me the news. I didn’t really know what was going on, but I knew it was serious and life-threatening. I was in shock, but seeing my mum cry made me even more upset. Getting a cancer diagnosis at any age is hard, but so much more so when you’re a teenager. I was on the edge of adulthood, but not yet fully equipped to handle it – I was preoccupied with friends, school and becoming my own person.

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