In November 2016, a fit, bright and full of aspirations teenager was struck with disbelief when his doctor told him he had osteosarcoma in his right leg.
“In a way, I felt denial. I couldn’t believe it was happening to me,” said Tom.
He would go on to receive nine months of intensive chemotherapy followed by a major surgery replacing his knee joint with a metal prosthetic. Tom initially responded well to the chemotherapy and the prognosis was looking positive. However, 12 months on a regular scan showed a spot in his lung. Tom’s cancer had spread.