A TEENAGE cancer patient from Redruth has backed plans for a new £2.5 million specialist centre to combat the disease in 16-24 year olds.
Sophie Pearn, 20, was disgnosed with Hodgkin’s lymphoma when she was 19.
She found a swelling under her right arm and thought it would be best to visit her local doctor’s surgery.
At first blood tests proved normal, but Sophie’s condition became worse until a CT Scan found she had the disease.
Sophie said: “I was in complete shock, I didn’t quite believe what was happening, and everything seemed to feel like a movie. Eventually when the news sank in, I shed some tears with my family, mostly of fear.”
But after finishing six months of chemotherapy, which caused extreme pain, insomnia, sickness, headaches and tiredness, Sophie is feeling well.
She has decided to support the Teenage Cancer Trust’s South West Appeal which aims to raise cash to build a specialist young person’s cancer centre at Bristol Haematology and Oncology Centre, due to open in spring 2014.
She said: “After that it was onwards and upwards, I was ready to fight this horrible disease, and try to laugh, and be as positive as I could be. With amazing friends and family around me that wasn’t hard.”
She says staff at the Royal Cornwall Hospital were “absolutely fantastic” in looking after her.
However the only downfall was Sophie didn’t meet any other people of a similar age going through cancer as she was not treated on a Teenage Cancer Trust unit. Sophie did though have access to other services Teenage Cancer Trust offers in Cornwall and across the UK.
The Teenage Cancer Trust unit will have two floors, with one floor dedicated to inpatients featuring five en-suite rooms, a social area full of gaming and entertainment equipment, quiet room, TV room, kitchen and dining space.
The other floor will be for day patients, featuring three treatment pods, two consulting rooms, a procedure room, social space, waiting area with cafe and staff office.
For more information on the Teenage Cancer Trust South West Appeal visit www.teenagecancertrust.org/southwest For fundraising information email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 07507 600286.