Sunderland student’s cancer fight inspires her to help others

Megan Thompson with her mum Sarah.
Megan Thompson with her mum Sarah.
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A BRIGHT student forced to quit university because of a brain tumour is hoping to follow in the footsteps of the inspirational nurses who helped her beat it.

Megan Thompson, from Fulwell, was forced to abandon her studies after being diagnosed with a tumour the size of a golf ball.

Last year she was enjoying the first year of her university course when she was struck down with excruciating headaches as she suffered the first signs of a near-fatal brain haemorrhage.

Diagnosed with medulloblastoma, Megan, then 18, was forced to cut short her Childhood Studies course at Leeds Metropolitan University when doctors told her she would have to be admitted to hospital for a lifesaving operation to remove the tumour.

After a successful op and undergoing weeks of gruelling radiotherapy, Megan is now well on the road to recovery after being given the “all clear” this summer.

Now, moved by the professionalism and dedication of staff at Newcastle RVI where she spent 18 months undergoing treatment, she has enrolled on a course at City of Sunderland of College in the hope of eventually becoming a paediatric nurse.

“I’m really excited about the course,” she said. “I really just wanted to give something back.

“If I can help people even half as much as the nurses at Newcastle RVI helped me, it will be really rewarding. They were amazing.”

Brave Megan was forced to undergo weeks of radiotherapy and intense chemotherapy as part of her treatment.

“The nurses were so caring and comforting,” she said. “Nothing was too much trouble for them and they were so understanding and kind.

“I will spend a year doing the access course and then move on to university.

“Hopefully, I will be able to start work as a nurse in four years.”

Proud mum Sarah said she and her family would do everything they could to help Megan, now 20, achieve her goal.

“I still can’t believe the change in her,” she said. “Just last year she was so poorly.

“I was frightened I would never see the day when she was back at college.

“Nursing is something she really wanted to do to help others in the same position as she was.”

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