From cancer patient to university graduate

In this story published by UNSW, Adry Awan talks about how he went from cancer patient to university graduate. Below he talks a bit about why he wrote this piece.

When I was diagnosed with an aggressive form of testicular cancer at the age of 17, I believed that I would not be able to achieve my dream of going to university. I was in year 12 at the time of my diagnosis, working hard to pass the HSC. Like all my classmates, I was ready to reap the rewards of all of my hard work and begin the adventures of university life that awaited. However, with having to complete treatment while still studying, I became less occupied about the final exams and assessments and more about whether I would even be healthy enough to complete year 12 at all.

Now, at 22 years of age, I am grateful to be cancer free but also, proudly, a university graduate. My university, UNSW, recently released an article detailing my journey. It is my hope that by sharing my journey through platforms such as Cancer Advisor I can inspire and instil hope and confidence to all young cancer patients, and their families, facing circumstances similar to what I experienced.

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