My name is Jolene and I was diagnosed with Stage 4 malignant melanoma on the 29th September 2010 at the age of 23. Initially I had a 1.5mm mole removed from my neck when I was 18 years old and I have been living with cancer ever since.

When I was first diagnosed with cancer everything felt very out of my control and almost overnight I felt I had all my independence taken away from me. Over the years cancer has undoubtedly knocked my confidence, however I’ve now been living with a terminal diagnosis for the past seven years and in some ways I am stronger than ever. I decided to start the blog to share my story and raise awareness. I’ve never been a sun seeker but it goes to show melanoma does not discriminate, if it makes a difference to just one person it will be worth it.

The story of my cancer journey so far can be found in my first blog post, 11 years. I have now been writing this blog for around 18 months, and hope to continue sharing my story with others.

If anyone is free early morning on Sunday 9th September and in the Midlands, do feel free to come and cheer me along during the first Northampton Half Marathon. I’m not sure I’ll be running fast, as I still need rest from chemotherapy and don’t have time to train, but even if I’m walking a little I don’t mind, just as long as I cross the finish line. If anyone does wish to sponsor I’m looking to raise £200 in total for a lovely local charity called The Lewis Foundation. A link to my page for the race is here.