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Coldean teenager describes her three-year battle against cancer

The Argus: Jessica-Jayde Allen Jessica-Jayde Allen

A teenager has spoken courageously about her three-year battle with cancer and her experience of the “horrible side of life”.

Jessica-Jayde Allen was just 15 when she learned she had the rare malignant tumour Ewing’s Sarcoma. After being given the all-clear 18 months ago, the 18 year old was heartbroken to learn the cancer had returned.

She said having cancer had become “normal” and had taught her “life is tough”.


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Jessica-Jayde, of Coldean, said: “I was 15 and living life as a normal teenage girl, going to school and preparing for my GCSEs.

“But from the moment that I was diagnosed, everything changed.”

After a lump developed on her collarbone doctors sent her for an X-ray.

She said: “My heart started beating so fast, my hands were shaking and I came over dizzy. It was like an actual nightmare that I was just about to wake up from. Evidently not.”

At the Royal Marsden cancer hospital her fears were confirmed: “I sat there, shocked and confused.

“I was in fear of what the future would hold and it took two words to feel like the world was against me. Two words that changed my life: ‘It’s cancer’.”

She has since completed 15 rounds of chemotherapy and had daily radiotherapy for weeks, leaving her sick, weak and prone to infections and broken bones.

She also had to deal with losing her hair: “I did everything I could to keep my hair but in the end, I understood that things had to get worse before they could get better and I just had to be strong.”

In July 2012 she learnt her cancer was no longer active. But in October 2013 another lump appeared and her “whole life came crashing down, for a second time”.

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This time doctors will operate and snap her collar bone to get to the tumour. She added: “I was heartbroken and couldn’t believe that I was going to have to go through it again.

“I’ve now become used to this horrible side of life. To me, it’s normal to go up to the hospital and see hairless children. It’s normal to me that I have cancer.”

A fundraising event to help Jessica-Jayde pay her travel costs for further treatment is being held at Whitehawk Football Club from 7.30pm on February 22.

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4:34am Sun 2 Feb 14

Fi Brighton & Happy says...

KEEP FIGHTING JESSICA-JADE! I won't say "oh, you poor thing", as I'm sure you get that all the time. What I WILL say though, is "GOOD LUCK, SWEETIE!!" and "it's a crying shame that it's back, but I'm sure you're fighting as hard as you can and I hope you win!" THOSE are the words you need to hear, not doom and gloom! I'm not normally much of a one for praying, but tonight I'll say one for you. If you have a blog, I'd like to follow your progress. Love Fiona xx
KEEP FIGHTING JESSICA-JADE! I won't say "oh, you poor thing", as I'm sure you get that all the time. What I WILL say though, is "GOOD LUCK, SWEETIE!!" and "it's a crying shame that it's back, but I'm sure you're fighting as hard as you can and I hope you win!" THOSE are the words you need to hear, not doom and gloom! I'm not normally much of a one for praying, but tonight I'll say one for you. If you have a blog, I'd like to follow your progress. Love Fiona xx Fi Brighton & Happy
  • Score: 16

9:31am Sun 2 Feb 14

babsticals says...

Fi Brighton & Happy wrote:
KEEP FIGHTING JESSICA-JADE! I won't say "oh, you poor thing", as I'm sure you get that all the time. What I WILL say though, is "GOOD LUCK, SWEETIE!!" and "it's a crying shame that it's back, but I'm sure you're fighting as hard as you can and I hope you win!" THOSE are the words you need to hear, not doom and gloom! I'm not normally much of a one for praying, but tonight I'll say one for you. If you have a blog, I'd like to follow your progress. Love Fiona xx
Could not have said better myself Fiona,you said it all! X . All the best for the future Jessica -jade.xx
[quote][p][bold]Fi Brighton & Happy[/bold] wrote: KEEP FIGHTING JESSICA-JADE! I won't say "oh, you poor thing", as I'm sure you get that all the time. What I WILL say though, is "GOOD LUCK, SWEETIE!!" and "it's a crying shame that it's back, but I'm sure you're fighting as hard as you can and I hope you win!" THOSE are the words you need to hear, not doom and gloom! I'm not normally much of a one for praying, but tonight I'll say one for you. If you have a blog, I'd like to follow your progress. Love Fiona xx[/p][/quote]Could not have said better myself Fiona,you said it all! X . All the best for the future Jessica -jade.xx babsticals
  • Score: 10

10:11am Sun 2 Feb 14

Brighton mum says...

I have the pleasure of knowing Jess and I have to say she is one of the nicest most positive young ladies I know ! Please if anyone wants to support Jess and see how she is doing join us on the 22nd feb from 7:30pm at Whitehawk football club.
We want to raise awareness and help give Jess and her wonderful family one less thing to worry about plenty of raffle prizes and fantastic music from local bands and singers ...
Jess we love you just keep fighting gorgeous xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx
I have the pleasure of knowing Jess and I have to say she is one of the nicest most positive young ladies I know ! Please if anyone wants to support Jess and see how she is doing join us on the 22nd feb from 7:30pm at Whitehawk football club. We want to raise awareness and help give Jess and her wonderful family one less thing to worry about plenty of raffle prizes and fantastic music from local bands and singers ... Jess we love you just keep fighting gorgeous xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx Brighton mum
  • Score: 12

10:26am Sun 2 Feb 14

JHunty says...

God luck to you!
God luck to you! JHunty
  • Score: 8

7:42pm Sun 2 Feb 14

hubby says...

My thoughts and prayers are with you.
My thoughts and prayers are with you. hubby
  • Score: 4

2:03pm Tue 4 Feb 14

Nat1968 says...

Please keep fighting Jessie.... I lost my niece to Ewing's Sarcoma nearly 3 years ago now she was 17 years old. Her story went worldwide.I would love to offer you and your family some support so would love to get in direct contact with you somehow. You are in my prayers for now stay strong Jessie love Natalie xxxxxxx
Please keep fighting Jessie.... I lost my niece to Ewing's Sarcoma nearly 3 years ago now she was 17 years old. Her story went worldwide.I would love to offer you and your family some support so would love to get in direct contact with you somehow. You are in my prayers for now stay strong Jessie love Natalie xxxxxxx Nat1968
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