A BRAVE teenager diagnosed with cancer has vowed to fight back saying “I’m done with crying; bring it on!”
Tiffany Williams, of Stratford Road, Blacon, was told by doctors on June 17 that she has Hodgkin Lymphoma, a blood cancer.
The 18-year-old said she had cried for four days before deciding to battle the disease head-on by raising money for Cancer Research UK.
Tiffany is expected to undergo at least six months of chemotherapy and is determined to be in remission by the New Year.
She told the Leader that her experience looking after her uncle, Denis Griffiths, who died of kidney cancer in 2010, had made her stronger and better able to face the fight ahead.
She said: “I know what he went through; I've seen what it’s like. But I think it’s made me better prepared to cope with it. I’ve always been someone that just gets on with things.
“I spent about four days in tears after I was diagnosed but I’m done with crying now. This is something I've got to live with. It’s not like I can say no to the treatment so bring it on.”
Tiffany, who attended West Cheshire College and wants to work for an airline as a member of a cabin crew, said she had first noticed a lump on her neck in April this year, but thought it might just be tonsillitis.
After about a month she went to see her doctor, who referred her to specialists for tests and eventually a biopsy. Last month she and her mother were called back to the surgery for the results.
Tiffany said: “I could see tears running down my mum’s cheek but it was all going over my head at the time. She had to get them to say the ‘c’ word. It hit me later and it was devastating.
“It’s heartbreaking for my boyfriend and my family to see someone they love go though this but if I show them I’m strong it makes it better. I do feel fine too, like an ordinary person!”
She said she had received tremendous support from friends and family, including boyfriend Jonathan, 20, mum Jane, 52, brother Ryan, 20, and sister Keisha, eight.
On July 20 Tiffany held a fundraising barbecue for 30 people, and has already raised more than £400 for Cancer Research UK.
Brother Ryan, who had a cake baked for her with the words ‘hope, strength and courage’ on it, said: “She has inspired and opened the eyes of many people and a whole new world of support has arisen around her and our family.”
Tiffany added: “I'd like to thank all the people who have donated so far and all my friends and family for their support.”
To donate money in her name, visit www.justgiving.com/BBQer-tiffany-williams
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