Heartbreaking words describe the reality of the cancer battle that claimed the life of a young woman
Ella Jane Dawson was only 24 when she died. Ella was diagnosed with a rare and aggressive form of blood cancer in 2019, shortly after graduating from Newcastle University.
Ella was on vacation in South America when she received her diagnosis – 5,000 miles from her home in Colombia. She initially believed her symptoms were due to jet lag, but her condition quickly deteriorated and she was told she could not go home.
“I had just finished four years of college and was spending a summer traveling in Colombia for 7 weeks,” Ella shared, blogging about her experience. “It was a very exciting time for me. I had no specific plans, but so many opportunities to take when I got back from my trip.”
Ella’s blog details how her health deteriorated and she ended up being hospitalized in a very difficult situation before the shock diagnosis, which was given while she was alone. Other entries on his blog describe his panic and shock, as well as the decision to accept his diagnosis and his “absolute determination” to make his battle a positive experience.
According to Cancer Research, there are around 9,900 new cases of leukemia in the UK every year, or 27 a day. Leukemia is the 12th most common cancer in the UK, accounting for 3% of all new cancer cases, reports Yorkshire Live.
Ella eventually received 6 blood transfusions and 2 platelet transfusions before she was allowed to return home to West Yorkshire and start chemotherapy.
Her moving blog chronicles her coping with hair loss, adjusting to life in hospital and her determination to fight cancer stigma and raise awareness. Today, Ella’s battle with cancer has also been immortalized by a foundation. Named in her honour, the Ella Dawson Foundation is a newly created national charity that provides psychological, physical, nutritional and wellness support.
According to Jane Dawson, Ella’s mother and trustee of the Ella Dawson Foundation, the charity’s goal is to continue the work started by Ella by providing a safe, supportive and encouraging space where young adults Cancer patients and their families can access personalized support in a welcoming, like-minded community.
Jane said: “Ella believed passionately, through her own experience, that supporting physical and emotional well-being can make a huge difference on a cancer journey. She was determined to create a plan to help others in the same situation.
“We are a small charity with a big heart and an even bigger ambition to make a difference in the lives of young adults with cancer and their families. Our goal, in honor of Ella, is to help young people live as well and as independently as possible during and after a cancer diagnosis.
“Despite her situation, Ella faced each day with gratitude, positivity, incredible strength, bravery and humor. Inspired by her vision, creativity and life philosophy, we are committed to building a positive charity and sustainable.
The Ella Dawson Foundation was launched on February 11 this year – Ella’s 25th birthday – at a commemorative art exhibition of Ella’s work organized by Newcastle University.
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