Following a diagnosis of the same rare non-hereditary cancer as her older sister, Meredith, from Flintshire, is now competing for the Miss Wales competition and is calling for more support for CLIC Sargent.
Meredith Isherwood, 22, is sharing her story after being diagnosed with Thyroid cancer in February last year.
This diagnosis came after seeing her older sister Charlotte receive the same news years before in 2006 when she was 19 and Meredith was 13.
The doctor said 'it's cancer'
Meredith said: “When they said the word ‘cancer’ I was really scared. We didn’t know anyone else who had anything similar, so we just didn’t know what to expect.”
Charlotte went on to have two operations and radioactive Iodine therapy to remove the cancer and later received the all clear.
Just when the family thought their cancer ordeal was over, years later Meredith noticed a lump on her neck in the end of summer 2015.
After several tests and a biopsy she was diagnosed with thyroid cancer in February 2016.
During this difficult time, Meredith and her family received support from CLIC Sargent, the UK’s leading cancer charity for children and young people. Through the charity Meredith had the support of a CLIC Sargent Social Worker.
Meredith said: “Rachel, my social worker, was amazing - I really can’t thank her enough. She put me in contact with support groups, which was invaluable.”
After receiving the all-clear in October, Meredith is now gearing up for the Miss Wales competition in April and is even running the Wrexham Half Marathon in March for CLIC Sargent.
“Through Miss Wales, I’ve got the chance to help CLIC Sargent who supported me and give something back," she said.
"It’s a bit nerve wracking, but it’s amazing to think this last time last year I was scared and so uncertain.
"Now I have this opportunity to be in the final and it will feel incredible because no matter what happens I have pushed myself."
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Today, 11 more children and young people will hear the devastating news that they have cancer. CLIC Sargent care teams will fight tirelessly to limit the damage cancer causes beyond their health, but we need your support to ensure they get all the help they need. We are a registered charity and rely on donations to fund our work. Please donate now.