I was diagnosed with a benign brain tumour at 20, and have recently been diagnosed with thyroid cancer at the age of 23. I feel really passionate about raising awareness, and creating a space for younger people to speak and feel seen within the healthcare service as I know my experience and diagnosis journey has been quite turbulent throughout certain moments and a lot of this was due to my age and my symptoms presenting as 'anxiety' and being another 'hormonal girl'. I have created a blog called 'lessons I wish I hadn't learnt in my 20s' linked here and started an instagram called @lifelowgrade - both the blog and instagram page are here for people to check out/follow and create a community. I aim to vocalise the issues younger people with tumours and cancer diagnosis's face, but also just a space to openly talk about these diagnoses without fear of judgement or worry as I understand it is difficult to sometimes speak to people within your life.
My dm's on the instagram page are always open, and I hope the instagram page is informative, and a place you are able to use to help you throughout your journey. I am open to suggestions for future blog posts, and would love to get other people involved. I want to make the most of my two situations and try to bring some good from two horrible diagnoses.
All the best,