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'Never give up, stay strong and you will beat it'

16-year-old Lisa Comer lives with her parents Maria and John and older brother Shane in Mount Merrion. She developed cancer when she was a baby and spent much of her childhood in and out of hospital.

I was only 15 months old when I was diagnosed with Acute Lymphoblastic Leukaemia (ALL). I had been sick for a couple of months so Professor Owen Smith in Harcourt Street Hospital did a bone marrow test and discovered I had leukaemia.

I was on chemotherapy for six months and in March 1998 the whole family went to Bristol in the UK because I needed a bone marrow transplant.

I don't remember much about being sick as a baby but I got the all clear in 2003 and thought I was finally finished with cancer.

Unfortunately, in 2005 I started to get severe headaches and was admitted to Our Lady's Hospital in Crumlin where, after a CAT scan, I was diagnosed with a brain tumour.

This time it was much, much worse for everyone as I was old enough to understand what was happening.

I was on chemo for a year and underwent radiotherapy in St Luke's Hospital.

 

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But today, seven years later, I'm doing well. I'm in transition year in school and really enjoying life. Last summer I joined CanTeen and it was one of the best things I ever did.

We meet up once a month and go on trips away. In April this year, we're going to visit Alton Towers in England.

CanTeen has been a great support for me because I meet other teenagers that have had similar experiences.

And my advice for anyone going through cancer treatment is never give up; stay strong and you'll beat it in the end.


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