My name is Lauren Wild and I was diagnosed with Hodgkin's Lymphoma when I was 13 years old. I had 4 rounds of chemotherapy and 2 months of radiotherapy.
I'm now 16 and studying A levels in English Literature, Biology and Art. I have always been very creative and since my diagnosis, I fell in love with everything to do with the human body and medicine. I would love to study Biomedicine at Manchester University once I turn 18 next year.
During my treatment, I was very fond of the "teen room" funded by the Teenage Cancer Trust, in the Royal Manchester Children's Hospital where I would watch TV until 4 in the morning and talk to a few friends I had made there. It was very comforting to have a little place where I could go to whenever I wanted.
A year after my treatment, it was the time for my prom. The Cinderella Project helped me feel comfortable in my own skin by providing hand-tailored dresses that fit my perfectly and beautiful makeup done by Benefit. My body had (and still has) loads of funny marks and bumps in places, and because I had a dress made for me, I was able to feel comfortable in my own skin for once in my teenage years. It really helped to boost my confidence over my own body after what the treatment had done to it.