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Daniel Keane - November 2023
Mel Oliver was first diagnosed with osteosarcoma in 2011 while she was still in school. "Like many bone cancer patients, I faced the insurmountable task of going back to school, which for me was fitting into an all-girls school with no shared memories, no hair, and seemingly ever-changing friendship groups.
"But I powered through. My hair got longer, and I was eventually able to walk unaided. Somehow, I also managed to catch-up on all the schoolwork I had missed."
She was in her first year of medical school when diagnosed with a recurrence, which resulted in a different chemotherapy regime and the amputation of her left leg. "I made the decision early on that I would try and complete the academic year at the same time as everybody else – I missed my friends and my old life, and so I desperately wanted things to return to 'normal'."
She received a third diagnoses, this time in her lungs. She received surgery after which her scans came back all-clear. Oliver is now working as a junior doctor at a hospital in East London. "I had no idea that I would be able to pass my exams, learn to walk again, or work full-time as a junior doctor, until I tried."
Read Oliver's full story here.
Original source: uk.finance.yahoo.com