These days I can not think about cancer at all.


It doesn't just come up in conversation when you're 22 - 'hey by the way a few months ago I had cancer'.
"For months afterwards it was all anyone ever wanted to talk to me about." says Lisa Arthurs

Lisa wanted to talk about going to the UK to study abroad - not cancer. She knew everyone was looking out for her but at the time it was the last thing she wanted. "I'd never had to deal with anything like that before in my life." says Lisa.

She didn't want to - She wanted to be Lisa again, she struggled to know how to tell people. "It doesn't just come up in conversation when you're 22 - 'hey by the way a few months ago I had cancer'." says Lisa. When she had a follow up appointment in the UK she opened up to one of her friends and asked her to come to her appointments with her. She wishes she could have accepted that kind of help earlier. "I think it's important to let people in. It might be scary but in the end you need people around you. I have had the difficult task of considering if and when I share this part of my life with new friends and partners." But the best thing she learned from finally letting other people into her life is that everyone just wants the best for her. "No one is going to judge me." says Lisa.
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