JUMPING out of a plane isn’t everyone’s idea of fun, but brave teen Kerry Simpson is determined to do it for the specialist unit which helped her beat cancer.
Kerry Simpson (18), from Milton of Campsie, had not been well for a couple of months when she was diagnosed with Non Hodgkin’s Lymphoma, a cancer of the lymphoid tissues, in December 2009.
The former St Ninian’s High pupil, who was about to sit her fourth year prelims when she was diagnosed, underwent nine months of chemotherapy treatment at the Teenage Cancer Trust unit at Yorkhill Hospital as she battled the disease.
However, the aggressive treatment caused her bowel to perforate and collapse in August 2010, forcing her to spend three months in isolation at the Schiehallion ward in Yorkhill Hospital.
The courageous teenager had to get an ileostomy, where the end of her small intestine was re-routed through a hole in her abdomen and attached to an external bag.
It was during this time that she was given the all-clear from cancer.
Kerry said: “When they said I could have lymphoma I didn’t realise it was cancer, it was not until later that it hit me.
“I hated the treatment. I felt like I was not myself. I always dyed my hair and it was gone and I had to take my piercings out. Everything that made me me was taken away.
“When I imagined getting told that I had the all clear I imagined it would be the best thing in the world but because I was so ill it didn’t have much of an impact.
“It was definitely hard to accept that I was ill again because I had been told I had the all clear and I felt I should have been better.”
Kerry, who went back to school in January 2011, has now had her ileostomy reversed and says things are great.
She’s now preparing to do a tandem skydive on Saturday, September 1, at Errol Airfield to raise funds for TCT.
She said: “TCT gave me a lifeline, I would not have got through it without them. When I think of being back in hospital I don’t think of it as being a bad time and that’s because of them.
“I really wanted to do the skydive so I could raise money to make sure people get the same treatment I got.
“I don’t think I would be in the same position if I wasn’t treated by TCT.”
To sponsor Kerry visit www.justgiving/johncook01.
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