Jenny's daughter Charlotte was just 23 years old when she was diagnosed with Hodgkin’s Lymphoma in 2014. Prior to her diagnosis, Charlotte had been working near her family home for a holiday transfer company, and had no other health problems. However, she began to feel unwell with a number of infections and had to be treated with antibiotics. A year later, Charlotte went to her GP after finding a lump in her collar bone, and was then diagnosed with Hodgkin’s Lymphoma.
Charlotte began to receive treatment at The Royal Marsden, which was initially successful. She received six sessions of chemotherapy which were effective at first. Unfortunately, a few months later a PET scan revealed that the cancer had returned, and Charlotte was given a stem cell transplant. Sadly, six months after the transplant, Charlotte died aged 25.
In 2017, Charlotte's family decided to take part in Celebrate a Life, and named a star for her. For Mum Jenny, it was a poignant way to remember her daughter.
It was lovely. I felt closer to her and was able to find the star with her name when I walked around the tree. I think the service helps people who have lost a loved one, or for some to be thankful if they haven't.
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