Author Anouska Knight’s sister Mena was diagnosed with Ewing’s Sarcoma, a type of bone cancer, when she was a teenager.
In her own words, Anouska shares how cancer treatment affected Mena, and explains why she decided to donate a character name in a forthcoming novel to CLIC Sargent’s Get in Character eBay auction.
"My sister says she’s part Wolverine"
"Cancer is a beastly disease. Something more and more families seem to be experiencing first hand. CLIC Sargent’s website was one of the first our mum came across in her quest to understand what was happening to her child’s body.
"Mena likes to buck the trend, so her bone cancer decided to grow in her calf muscle instead. She had a tumour the size of a grapefruit in there. She underwent 11 months of gruelling treatment, kicked off with all the fun of a bone aspiration.
"Then came the chemotherapy. Six cycles to begin with, hooked up for five days at a time, every three weeks.
"The grapefruit shrank to something closer in size to an egg. Marvellous surgeons removed that horrible thing and managed to save her leg. But then she caught a superbug. And things got very hairy, very quickly.
"She turned a corner. Then to the chemo again. Eight cycles this time.
"This was the meat and potatoes of her treatment, but you get side orders with cancer too. A few of Mena’s were 17 days of radiotherapy twice a day, 17 blood transfusions, three infections in her Hickman line, a platelet transfusion and a partridge in a pear tree.
The support charities such as CLIC Sargent offer makes a huge difference to families coming to terms with cancer.
"Needless to say, my sister is hard as nails. Speaking of nails, she’s recently had an intramedullary nail (a metal rod) inserted inside her tibia (she says it makes her part Wolverine now so airport security should be interesting).
"She’s also a very lucky girl who is thankfully seven years clear of that dreadful disease. But she didn’t get here alone.
"The support charities such as CLIC Sargent offer makes a huge difference to families coming to terms with cancer."
Being part of Get in Character 2015
"So! No more talk of all that horrible stuff! I’m offering up one of my characters to the highest bidder to help raise money for this wonderful charity. Which, let me tell you, is no small thing. Naming a character is like naming your kid so this is a big deal for the authors too! My next book, Letting You Go, is due for release this summer.
"I hope you’ll bid for a chance to appear in my novel! Or if not my novel any one of the other authors’ books also involved in Get In Character 2015 because it all goes in the same pot for this 'fabtastic' cause."
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