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Amanda Franklin

London Marathon 2020

Total raised so far £0.00

Target £0.00

Total plus Gift Aid: £0.00

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My story

[p]I have another chance at the London Marathon! The 40th Anniversary! [/p][p]My first experience of the Marathon in 2018 was not quite what I expected, for many reasons I didn't enjoy the day fully as I'd hoped! [/p][p]This time around, I want to be able to cross that famous finish line with a huge smile, feel elated, and celebrate my achievement![/p][p]More importantly, to raise money for Teenage Cancer Trust and here's why..[/p][p]Hi, thanks for visiting my page. I have been inspired by young people aged between 13 and 24 who are facing or have faced cancer to run the London Marathon 2018 in aid of Teenage Cancer Trust.[/p][p]My son Ethan was diagnosed with thyroid cancer at the age of 15. The cancer had spread to local lymph nodes.[/p][p]Ethan's only symptom was a large painless lump on his neck. This was first discovered in November 2016. Following an immediate doctor’s appointment, a blood test was arranged. He was prescribed antibiotics in the hope it was nothing to worry about and that it would reduce in size over the next few weeks. Blood results came back all ok.[/p][p]By December the lump was still there and it seemed to increase in size. Ethan, at this point was a little poorly, so again he was prescribed antibiotics, as the doctor diagnosed him with "Scarlet Fever" I wasn't convinced as he had no other symptoms other than a strawberry like tongue. Following "doctor's orders" he commenced a ten day course of antibiotics and had to abstain from school/activities for two days.[/p][p]Mid-January the lump was still very much "at large" following a telephone consultation, Ethan was finally referred.[/p][p]He had an ultrasound on the 2nd of February, whereby the results needed to be faxed to our GP the following day. At this point I was quite frantic. I chased the results most of the day, by early evening I was informed he would need to be referred to haematology.[/p][p]After the scan results were looked at more closely on Saturday 4th of February, it was arranged via our GP to take Ethan to admissions ASAP where he had further tests.[/p][p]Ethan had a biopsy on the 8th of February.[/p][p]On the 15th of February 2017, I received a call from the hospital which filled me with dread, I was literally shaking. I had to take Ethan in immediately. It was then we were told the devastating news.[/p][p]"Your child has cancer" we as Ethan's parents were distraught.[/p][p]It was explained at this stage he would need more tests, an operation and further treatment in the upcoming weeks. It was too much to take in, we were in shock and it all seemed surreal.[/p][p]Ethan with a positive mental attitude and with amazing strength carried on as normal for six weeks before his operation. He continued with school, Ice Hockey/Field Hockey, training and all games. He was/is such an inspiration![/p][p]In turn is attitude enabled me to carry on too, putting on a brave face as the weeks passed.[/p][p]Ethan had surgery (a total thyroidectomy) on 31/03/17 at Evelina Children’s hospital London where he spent five nights. He was in surgery for four and a half hours, the longest, most agonising time of our lives. Seeing Ethan post-surgery, and during his stay in hospital was heart breaking. This is where the really tough times began.[/p][p]The road to recovery was extremely difficult. The realisation of Ethan's illness really hit home. He lacked energy immensely, he wasn't himself for months and his mood was at an all-time low, he lossed his appetite, and certain foods didn't taste the same. When he was eventually able to return to school, he could just about manage part time prior to further treatment.[/p][p]On the 9th of May, Ethan began radioiodine therapy on The Teenage Cancer Trust Unit (TCTU) at the Royal Marsden Hospital. With the nature of his treatment, he had to remain isolated for three days as he became radioactive. Which meant lying in bed, chilling out, watching films and playing on the x box. No different from being at home! This didn't mean that it didn't knock him sideways but was good he was distracted.[/p][p]The TCTU is absolutely outstanding, specifically designed for teenagers facing troubled times. This second to none unit is non clinical with bright colours, offering a pool table, a duke box, chill out spaces (important for teenagers) and with lots of activities to do. There is a class room with qualified teachers to help those continue with their studies whilst receiving treatment.[/p][p]Teenagers receive specialist support, which is different from children and adults, with them being at difficult stages in their lives (hormones etc.) and with the fact of having to cope with a cancer diagnosis.[/p][p]Each young person doesn't have to face cancer alone and can support one another on the Teenage Cancer Trust Unit.[/p][p]It was a difficult time meeting other parents and hearing about their teenager’s illnesses but this is what the unit does, it brings people together who are in the same boat, giving that extra added support.[/p][p]Ethan has turned a corner, with the correct daily dose of thyroxine, he's resumed all activities and our lives are finally back to normal. He does however need to have three monthly check ups but for now the cancer is at bay![/p][p][br][/p][p]Almost three years on since diagnossis, check ups are now yearly and will be for life.[/p][p]Ethan is doing extremely well with his health, Ice Hockey and his chosen studies.[/p][p]Teenage Cancer Trust is a charity close to my heart.[/p][p]Any donations will be greatly appreciated for the continued support for teenagers and young people with this terrible disease.[/p][p]Thank you for your support...!![/p]
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Mar 14, 2020

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Mar 4, 2020


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Feb 29, 2020

Kate Hopkins

Good luck Amanda x

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Feb 27, 2020


A very kind donation from a complete stranger at Medway Hospital. Thank you so much Valerie xx


Feb 24, 2020

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Feb 15, 2020

Amanda tierney

Goodluck Amanda Will be there to cheer you on again !! (If you don’t run past us again 😂) love Amanda n Daisy xx

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Feb 15, 2020

Malcolm and Sharon

Best wishes from Malcolm, Sharon, Emma and Holly xxxx

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