Lizzy’s quest to complete university course after cancer diagnosis
08:15 09 January 2014
A young woman from Mulbarton spoke of her determination to finish her university studies after being diagnosed and having treatment for thyroid cancer.
Lizzy Jones will find out next week whether she has got the all clear after receiving the devastating diagnosis in October 2012 after finding a lump on her neck.
The 22-year-old is aiming to finish her events management degree at Leeds Metropolitan University in the summer after taking a year out from her course.
The former Hethersett High School pupil is hoping to enter a career in organising fashion events.
Miss Jones, who works at Topshop in Norwich and Leeds, had an operation to remove the lump in her neck and her thyroid in November 2012 and is hoping to receive the all clear on January 13. Her mother, Maxine Jones, received treatment for thyroid cancer when she was 32-years-old.
The events management student, who spent last summer working at a beach club in Los Angeles in America, said she would like to go travelling when her course finishes in the summer and would like to start looking for a job in London in 2015. She added that her university had been good at giving her extra time to finish essays and allowed her to retake exams whilst she was going through treatment and recovering.
Miss Jones added that the charity Clic Sargent had been supportive and helped fund travel costs getting to hospital in Leeds.
She added that it had been hard to stay motivated to complete her studies.
“A lot of the time I physically feel fine - it is more of a mental thing. You can feel really down and sometimes at university I was day dreaming because I was thinking about other things. I came to university aiming to get a first and now I want it to finish and I do not care what I get. I have a lot of support around me though, and I know that whatever grades I get, I will be so proud of what I would have achieved based on the circumstances.”
“The main thing for me to do now is keep positive and not let this horrible illness get the better of me, enjoy the care and positivity around me and stay focused,” she said.