Talking realities of a cancer journey as a young person with Sophie Mulligan and Shannon Coate
Gemma Hillier-Moses, Move Charity Founder, talks to Sophie and Shannon about their cancer journeys. Sophie was 19, in her first year of university and had a chest infection she couldn’t shift. She went to her GP after the whites of her eyes started to turn yellow but “Didn’t think in a million years it would be cancer.” Until she heard the words: “We think you’ve got leukaemia.” Sophie started a 2 and a half year treatment plan with chemo nearly everyday putting her degree on hold. She says she just “Went into autopilot” throughout the treatment. She has since had two relapses and has had more treatment including a stem cell transplant. Shannon was diagnosed last year, in the middle of the pandemic with stage 2 breast cancer. First of all she was told: “You’re too young, you’ve got nothing to worry about.” Luckily, she persisted and went to have it checked out again and had the horrifying news that it was cancer and it had spread. Shannon has had chemotherapy, a mastectomy and radiotherapy treatment.
- Who you are as a person before and after cancer.
- What is ‘normal’ through a cancer journey
- The importance of a support network
- Talking to someone who ‘gets it’
- The MOVE online programme
- Different life perspectives because of a cancer diagnosis
- Treatment during a pandemic
- The long term side affects
- Mindset and the importance of trying to stay positive