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It feels unreal to be told I'm free of disease... I just hope what I went through can help others; ALL-CLEAR FOR GIRL WHOSE BLOG AIDED TEENS WITH CANCER.

Byline: AMELIA SHAW Daily Post Reporter amelia.shaw@trinitymirror.com

A TEENAGER who was diagnosed with cancer and wrote a blog to inspire other patients, says she has been given the all clear.

Last year Megan Davies, 19, from Pwllheli, developed Hodgkin's Lymphoma, a rare cancer which affects around 1,900 people in the UK every year.

Chemotherapy killed the grapefruitsized tumour in her lungs which had spread to the right side of her neck and lymph nodes.

Megan said: "All my friends and family are over the moon, but it's a weird feeling. We have waited for this news for so long. It's a bit unreal. I was ill for a long time before being diagnosed."

At the time Megan was sitting her A levels and put her threestone weight loss and extreme tiredness down to studying.

Megan, who wants to be a nurse, started a blog called "Megs Journey: Living with Hodgkin's Lymphoma" about her diagnosis and recovery, to help other patients.

Pals Elin Ellis Davies and Nel She said: "I am not the first to have my world turned upside down by being diagnosed with cancer. But through writing down my thoughts and feelings in my blog I hope to reach out to someone who's going through the same as I am because I know I'm not alone in my suffering.

"Although each battle is personal and comes with its own ups and downs, if my own experience can help another out there going through something similar, feel less scared or alone, I'll be more than happy.

"I knew this was going to be the toughest time of my life, and I knew right away that I wanted to document the entire journey. Someone suggested keeping a diary so I have been taking photos along the way - but I also wanted to be able to remember exactly how I felt at the time.

"I wanted to read my story back, and be proud of myself, my family and my friends for coming out the other side."

Megan, who was only 18 years old at the time, said the hardest part of her illness was telling her family.

She said: "As I walked to the GP's room, I knew something was wrong in an instant. As soon as she said the word lymphoma I started crying, I didn't even know what it was, but I could tell it was bad.

"Telling the people you love that you have cancer is the most horrible, hateful and hardest thing ever. I had never seen my grandparents or dad cry before, and it was heartbreaking to see them distraught. It was worse than hearing the news for myself."

In her blog Megan described letting her Mum and boyfriend shave her hair off before the chemotherapy made her curls to fall out.

Her mother, Bethan, had gone through chemotherapy five years previously, and had also lost her hair, something Megan struggled to deal with at the time.

(left) Megan Bere celebrate She sobbed as her hair fell around her and described the moment as "painful", but feels that the decision meant she was one step closer to a cancer-free life.

Now the teenager has plans to go to University in Cardiff in September to study nursing, and she hopes she can travel during the summer months.

Megan said: "I need to concentrate on getting fit and healthy first.

"The hospital ward and charities are so close to my heart and have helped me so much to overcome this disease. I can never thank them enough for all they have done for me."

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Megan in her hopsital bed (main) and before treatment on her Prom night (left)

Pals Elin Ellis (left) Megan Davies and Nel Bere celebrate
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