Scots cancer battler given just five days to live aged 12 now back at school and ‘fearless’ after ordeal

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A CANCER battler given just five days to live in 2019 has beaten the disease and is back at school.

Amy MacDonald, 15, of Aberdeen, is “throwing herself” into activities two years on from a devastating diagnosis with a rare form of non-Hodgkin lymphoma.

Amy MacDonald, from Aberdeen, is 'fearless' after being declared cancer-free

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Amy MacDonald, from Aberdeen, is 'fearless' after being declared cancer-freeCredit: Supplied by Cancer Research UK

She was diagnosed with a rare form of non-Hodgkin lymphoma aged just 12

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She was diagnosed with a rare form of non-Hodgkin lymphoma aged just 12Credit: Supplied by Cancer Research UK

After an induced coma, six cycles of chemo and ten blood transfusions, the Lochside Academy S4 pupil is now cancer-free.

Proud mum Kirsty, 38, said: “Her love of being at school far outweighs any anxieties around the risk of being there.

“She has been indoor climbing — she’s absolutely fearless — and also rides horses every week, which is wonderful.”

Amy, who got the shock diagnosis aged just 12, is now backing the new Give Up Clothes For Good campaign, run by TK Maxx for Cancer Research UK.

Amy is encouraging people to step up and help other youngsters in her position - as around 140 Scottish children are diagnosed with cancer every year.

She was found to have peripheral T-cell lymphoma, a cancer that affects white blood cells and causes the glands, or lymph nodes, to swell up.

At one point, Amy's condition was so severe she had to be airlifted to hospital in Edinburgh for treatment.

During this time, she spent a total of five weeks in intensive care as she fought the illness.

But in early 2019, doctors - who had previously given her just days to live - said she was cancer-free.

Amy celebrated her 13th birthday in style with support from charity Cancer Research UK - and she was the VIP starter for the Aberdeen Race for Life, ringing a bell and cheering on the 1,500 runners who signed up.

Altogether they raised more than £100,000 in crucial donations for the cause.


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While Amy was declared cancer-free, the lasting effects from her intensive treatment can still take a toll on her everyday life.

Last year, at the height of the pandemic, she had to spend 19 weeks shielding due to the health issues she has developed.

Kirsty, who said she is "so proud" of her daughter, added: "Amy has come along a great deal since her treatment. And it's thanks to research that she is here today.

'SO PROUD'

"While her cancer treatment has ended, the disease and the treatment continues to have a knock-on effect.

"We need to fund research so that no child has to go through what Amy has been through. Her cancer experience will stay with us for a lifetime."

Linda Summerhayes from CRUK said: "Cancer in children and young people is different to cancer in adults - from the types of cancer to the impact of treatment and the long-term side effects.

"We want to help ensure more people under the age of 25 in Scotland, and across the UK, survive cancer with a good quality of life."

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