Crystal’s story – She tells us why she’s challenging herself this year to get her story out there to help other cancer survivors
“Day by day, I’m slowly getting used to the stares. No matter how upsetting it actually is.”
In 2016 at the age of 18 years old I was diagnosed with a rare facial osteosarcoma (bone cancer) in my right cheek bone. Even though the chemotherapy helped the tumour go down massively, unfortunately just after two months of finishing chemo it started to come back. I have a thick skin flap on my right cheek from when they took the tumour out.
My surgeon at the UCLH Hospital in London had to do an emergency operation on my face which left me to have a facial difference.I have a thick skin flap on my right cheek from when they took the tumour out and I have no front teeth at all. It took me almost two years to not hide in my house all the time and start to re-join society again.
I’m not going to lie, it has been tough tying to live this new life being different. The stares and looks I get have been challenging… but day by day I’m slowly getting used to them . No matter how upsetting it actually is.
I’ve made a challenge to myself that this year… that I’ll go public with my story to platforms like Changing Faces and the cancer community. So if someone like me comes across my story, they will feel inspired and not alone as I once was.
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