A woman who is living "through and beyond cancer" says her hope has been boosted since receiving support from a charity.

Lucy Long, 20, of Erith, has admitted she feels “a lot more positive and optimistic" since meeting people in similar experiences with the help of Ellen MacArthur Cancer Trust.

The 20-year-old was first diagnosed with leukaemia at the age two-years-old. She sadly relapsed at seven and underwent a bone marrow transplant after a 100 per cent match with her sister, Charlotte.

She was among seven young people from across the UK that spent last week at Bradwell Essex Outdoors - enjoying five days of sailing, high ropes, archery and more.

The Ellen MacArthur Cancer Trust aims to inspire young people to believe in a brighter future living through and beyond cancer.

For many young people, picking up where they left off before their diagnosis isn’t possible. So, when treatment ends, the Trust’s work begins.

News Shopper: Lucy at Bradwell Essex Outdoors Lucy at Bradwell Essex Outdoors

Lucy first sailed with the Trust in 2019 after discovering the charity through the UCLH Late Effects team.

She explains: “I was shielding during lockdown, so I felt really lonely. I couldn't relate to anybody and none of my friends were in the same position as me.

“Looking back at my treatment in isolation, this all brought back real memories of being stuck in the house.

"I found it very scary and felt an increase in stress and anxiety. Uni was all online and it was the uncertainty. No-one knew what was happening or what to expect.

“So, this week was nice to know you're in a safe place with these people and the Trust.

"Being around people who were in similar positions during Covid and isolating, it's nice to relate to them because I understand how they’re feeling as well with the mental health side and the anxiety.

"It’s been the most amazing week and has made a real difference to me.”

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She added: “In a positive way, cancer has made me who I am.

"I’m more optimistic and very grateful for what I have in my life.

"And sometimes, because of my treatment I get more tired, or my joints hurt a bit more.

"I take it all with a pinch of salt and I'm just thankful I'm here today and having the opportunities I'm getting in life.

“I wanted to come back after my first Trust trip because the of the people; the volunteers are great and just meeting new people is nice.

"But the different activities are really good, and you challenge yourself.

"It's good to challenge yourself and push things further that I haven't done before. I've loved it!”

For more information on The Ellen MacArthur Cancer Trust visit here.

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