At the start of 2017, Rebecca found a lump in her leg at school.
“I started panicking. Once I felt that lump, I knew what it was. I had a gut feeling.”
A biopsy followed the day after her 11th birthday and in February 2017, she got her scan results. She had relapsed.
“I thought, why is it happening again, I thought it would be gone forever.”
Rebecca went through more operations on her leg, due to her tumour being wrapped around the artery of her right thigh, followed by chemotherapy. She had to learn how to walk again, and from August until November she had radiotherapy on her whole leg.
At the end of 2017, Rebecca was in remission again.
“I was happy again. I went to secondary school in early 2018 and by September 2018 school was getting better.
Rebecca again noticed a weird bruise on the side of her thigh again in the early parts of 2019. Over the next few days her thigh started swelling, so after her thirteenth birthday, she went for her regular check-up with her leg doctor. He immediately sent her for an ultrasound, where they scanned her leg and groin. The results had found something, so Rebecca was sent for an MRI and a biopsy.
“I said I already know it’s cancer. I know.”
Rebecca had more chemotherapy and then surgery in March 2020, and her latest test results have been really positive. However, she is now in 12 weeks isolation at home due to the risk posed by the coronavirus.
Tracy said: “It’s unbelievable just when she could have been returning to school and had some freedom again, but she’s in the high-risk group who are vulnerable so there’s no option at all.
Her family remain optimistic, with Rebecca already going through so much treatment. Her mother is hoping for the best as she enters her seventh year of treatment. “We hope that she will be able to enjoy time out again soon.”