Bexley: Author shares experience of living with cancer as a teen
PUBLISHED: 13:11 14 July 2011 | UPDATED: 13:30 14 July 2011
A woman referred to a psychiatrist before being diagnosed with cancer because doctors believed she was faking her symptoms has written a book on the experience.
Natasha Vince, 26, of Christchurch Road, Sidcup, heard she had the disease a few days before turning 16. After numerous visits to the doctor, her mother was advised to take her to a psychiatrist since it was thought Natasha was trying to get out of sitting her GCSE exams.
The teenager was even given seven pregnancy tests before her diagnosis. After excruciating periods of pain, Natasha went to the A&E at Queen Mary’s Hospital, Sidcup, where a tumour in her intestine was spotted.
She said: “I was in agony all the time, sweating and shaking. I was given an ultrasound when the tumour was found and was operated on straight away.”
Natasha, who was diagnosed with Ewing sarcoma halfway through her exams, wrote Kiss from a Rose from notes she made throughout her treatment.
Now a Sky News producer, she has been in remission for seven years but was recently told she has a number of tumours on her liver and is on a waiting list for a donor.
The book focuses on her diagnosis and gives patients an insight into what may follow.
The former Townley Grammar pupil gives a talk at the school next week and a book launch takes place at Chelsea Football Club on July 23.