Ashleigh shares her journey through bone tumour diagnosis and treatment on the Kids Cancer Centre website.
The teenager was first diagnosed with ewing’s sarcoma of the pelvis, which had spread to her spine and brain. She began her treatment in an adult hospital but a consultant thought as a young adult she may fare better with a Youth Cancer Service.
The HSC student began treatment in the Sydney’s Children Hospital in Randwick. It involved 12 months of chemotherapy, radiation, an operation to remove the tumour and a transplant. She was given a 25% chance of survival.
Ashleigh celebrated her 18th birthday in an isolation ward.