When Jasmine Goodall was diagnosed with cancer her world was turned upside down.
The 25-year-old had known something wasn’t right. She had been suffering from headaches and severe stomach pain and felt exhausted for months.
After numerous visits to her GP, Jasmine was referred to the Urology Department at Queen Alexandra Hospital (QA) in Portsmouth where she was given the dreaded news we all hope to never hear – she had cancer.
Jasmine, from Fareham, was diagnosed with stage four high grade B cell Non Hodgkin Lymphoma (NHL), a cancer of the lymphatic system of thin tubes and lymph nodes that run throughout the body. Today (Monday 4th February 2019) Jasmine shares her story to mark World Cancer Day.
Not only that, in a bid to raise awareness and inspire others, Jasmine is also documenting her experience of living with cancer through a blog - Jasmine's Quarter Life Crisis.
Jasmine launched her blog after being diagnosed, with the words: “I've kindly been served up a helping of cancer at the grand old age of 25. An honest and (sometimes) witty documentation of living with Stage 4 High Grade B-Cell Lymphoma and the delights of chemotherapy.”
Jasmine has also praised the care she has received at QA, where she has undergone six bouts of chemotherapy.
Blogging shortly before New Year, brave Jasmine wrote on 30th December: “My specialist nurse told me at the very beginning that each round of chemo was like running a marathon. “Pfft!” I thought, after number one and two had been easy. But then number three came along and I started feeling a little less cocky. Then four occurred and I thought I was going to have to buy out Kleenex. Then five happened and I spent five days telling myself I didn’t want to live anymore. So yes, Sam was right, I have completed five marathons and (thankfully/hopefully) I have just one more to go.”
Through all the hard times, Jasmine cannot praise the staff at QA enough. She explained:
“I can’t put into words how amazing the staff have been throughout the whole process. I have never met such lovely people – the nurses are the friendliest people I have ever met and the house keepers always make time to have a chat and give me a hug.
“Everyone in the department is always so positive and they have made this whole experience so much better. Especially my Consultant Ann O’Callaghan, who always makes me feel so safe in her care.”
After completing her final round of chemotherapy on 20th January, Jasmine now looks to the future. She added:
“I have already begun holiday planning. I want to go to Switzerland with my sister and Portugal with my friends. Not only that, I was given the exciting news that I will be maid of honour for my best friend’s wedding.”