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 Stage 4 for the past six years and in some ways I am stronger than ever. I decided to start the blog to share my story and raise awareness of melanoma, 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.

At the weekend I took part in Conquer The Tower for young adult cancer charity Trekstock. I ran up the stairs of Broadgate Tower in London, In total the climb was 35 floors with 877 steps in total! It wasn’t easy, but I did it. A link to my fundraising page can be found here.