‘When I heard the word remission I thought that it was all over, so it came as a shock to me to realise that the after effects could be just as bad.’
Diagnosed with cancer as a teenager, Evie Vocking, who’s now 20 and from Chertsey in Surrey, wants to make sure that support for patients doesn’t end when a doctor gives the all-clear.
Her story was broadcast on ITV News London on Thursday 4th June.
In the TV piece, Evie shares her experiences of life with cancer and highlights the isolation she felt once she was told she was in recovery. She also introduces a film she’s made with the help of Fixers, to get her message across.
‘I was diagnosed with Hodgkin's Lymphoma when I was 16. It’s an aggressive cancer, but luckily it’s very easy to treat,’ explains Evie.
‘I expected life to return to normal afterwards but it didn’t. It’s now a new kind of normal.
‘Normal now is going for check-ups at the hospital, my weight gain and my hair growing back.
‘I’m aware of the symptoms of cancer so I’m checking for them and I’m constantly thinking what if it’s come back.
‘There was a time when someone told me to get over it which was hard to hear.
‘My Fix is to make people realise that cancer doesn’t just end at the word remission.’
Elsa Gonzalez from children's cancer charity, CLIC Sargent, also appears in the broadcast in support of Evie’s campaign.
‘When people are finishing treatment, most of the support from nurses, consultants and psychologists is withdrawn,’ Elsa adds.
‘How do you face a new, difficult reality when your friends don’t really understand what is going on?’
You can watch Evie’s TV film at the top of the page.
This Fixers project is supported by Simplyhealth.
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