May 27, 2022

A TEEN who put his fatigue into “fresher’s flu” was given a diagnosis that felt like a “death sentence.”

Tegan Clark, now 22, assumes he has the ailments that come with the first week of September 2018 celebrations at the university.


Tegan Clark, now 22, was told that his symptoms were not due to “fresher’s flu” but to cancer.Credit: PA Real Life
Tagen said: "When I found out it was cancer, I thought it was a death sentence.".  She is pictured during radiotherapy.


“When I found out it was cancer, I thought it was a death sentence,” Tegan said. She is pictured during radiotherapy.Credit: PA Real Life

He had just started his degree in accounting and finance at London Metropolitan University and was full of enthusiasm.

“I just started university when I got sick,” Tegan said.

“I was tired all the time, so I made him tired of going to Uni and leaving home. I was not eating home cooked food properly and I just thought I was in bad weather. . “

Initially, Tegan believes that the doctor also thought she was adjusting to a life away from home.

He said: “At first, like me, they just thought it was ‘fresher’s flu’, a term used for this type of symptom in new students, but with further tests, they showed that I have acid reflux or heartburn.

“When things didn’t get better, I went to the doctor and in November 2018 he commented on how fast my heart was beating.

“He said he really couldn’t send me home and advised me to go to A&E.”

While Tegan was waiting for her heart test results to return, at worst, she thought she had pneumonia.

But Tegan, from Leeds, West Yorkshire, was alone when doctors said he actually had leukemia.

“It was a devastating diagnosis. I burst into tears,” she said.

“Before giving me the results, the doctors said I could have pneumonia and I was in tears right away.

“I remember thinking, ‘This is the worst thing that could ever happen to me.’

“So, when I found out it was cancer, I thought it was a death sentence.

“A lot of my family members have died of cancer, so I was really scared.”

Painful treatment

Crying, Tegan immediately called his sisters, who arranged for his family to move to London.

The same day, after a biopsy, Tegan was diagnosed with non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma.

Cancer develops in the lymphatic system, a network of vessels and glands throughout the body.

More than 14,000 people are diagnosed each year in the UK, and about 5,000 deaths occur.

After his diagnosis, doctors allowed Tegan to be transported by ambulance to St James’s University Hospital in Leeds, so he could get closer to home.

“I once went to the Teenage Cancer Trust ward, where all the other patients were between 18 and 24 years old,” Tegan said.

“It was nice to be surrounded by other young people who were going through a similar experience.

“The trust really helped me when I was there. I was in the hospital for a week and I made a lot of friends with other patients.

Within a week of his diagnosis, Tegan began “severe” chemotherapy treatment, with six rounds at three-week intervals.

He then underwent radiotherapy for three weeks, and waited anxiously to see if the treatment worked.

“I had to leave university and I was driving myself crazy at home,” Tegan said.

“I didn’t want to waste two months before my results, especially if it was bad news.”

Tegan spent the summer of 2019 completing his bucket list, which included a trip to Disneyland, Paris and Amsterdam with his cousins, and a week-long trip to Corfu with his family.

she said: “[I] Making sure I attended every party and event I was invited to. Reviving my life was really important to me. Time was of the essence. “

Life-changing results

On September 26, 2019, Tegan went to St. James University Hospital for her results.

He said: “I cried when I explained everything, I couldn’t believe it. I tried not to live up to my expectations so it felt like a dream.

“I used to focus a lot on the present, but the result was that I could look to the future now.”

Tegan was enrolled in an accounting and finance course at Leeds Beckett University in September 2019, and is now in his final year.

He said: “I thought I was going to die when I first found out I had cancer. It was spreading fast and I was terrified.

“It’s amazing to be completely clear now, I feel like I’ve been given a new lease of life.

“But I would tell anyone who is concerned about their health to keep coming back to their doctors until the answers are given.

“Cancer is not often talked about in young people and I never thought I would be diagnosed with cancer at such a young age.”

Research from Teenage Cancer Trust This shows that young people are less aware of the important warning signs of cancer.

The trust says seven out of 10 young people (18-24) are unable to identify the five main warning signs of cancer.

These are: lumps, unexplained fatigue, mole changes, pain, and significant weight changes.

Louise Swans, chief nurse at the Teenage Cancer Trust, emphasized the importance of finding early warning signs.

“Young people are less likely to be affected by cancer than older adults, but when it does, it can have devastating effects, so be able to detect potential warning signs,” he said. What can lead to an early diagnosis can really make a difference. “

Tegan spent the rest of his life awaiting the results of his treatment in the summer of 2019.


Tegan spent the rest of his life awaiting the results of his treatment in the summer of 2019.Credit: PA Real Life
Within a week of his diagnosis, Tegan was given a three-week break, with six rounds,


Within a week of his diagnosis, Tegan began treating “severe” chemotherapy with six rounds, with an interval of three weeks.Credit: PA Real Life
Was given to Tagen. "Very clear" And now in his final year of university.


Tegan was given “All Clear” and is now in his final year of university.Credit: PA Real Life

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