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 to share my story with others.
At the end of April I am taking part in the Lake District 5 Peak Challenge for Trekstock. They are a great small charity who support young adults like me in their 20s and 30s going through cancer. More information on my trek can be found here.