I had been following Olivia’s journey for quite some time through her inspirational blog ‘Twenty Second Year’. In fact it was one of the inspirations behind Her Hampshire. I was so moved that someone so young had the balls to share with complete strangers such a raw and honest account of an incredibly personal and emotional experience.
Two days before her 22nd Birthday, whilst most young women are finalising plans and outfits on how best to celebrate, fashion lover and total style guru Olivia Smith was diagnosed with stage 2A Hodgkins Lymphoma; Cancer of the Lymph Nodes. According to Teenage Cancer Trust, six young people in the U.K, aged between 13 and 24, are told they have cancer everyday. Upon this discovery, Liv began an online search for these young adults referred to in the charities statistics. She wanted to read their stories, learn about their experiences, and find information which she could relate to. Sadly, she struggled to find anyone to connect with.
This Winchester Woman Wednesday, Olivia talks to us about why she started Twenty Second Year, how her experience with this horrendous disease has shaped the woman she has become, and how cancer has redefined her view on success and what happiness really means.
What was it that made you decide to blog about your experience with Hodgkins Lymphoma?
How has sharing your story through your blog and social media has affected your journey?
Is there anything new you have learnt about yourself throughout this year?
What would be your one piece of advice for a young woman who has very recently received a cancer diagnosis?
Whilst amazingly honest, your blog is also incredibly upbeat and positive. What has been the key to that positivity?
How do you think this year has shaped your future?
You can follow Olivia’s journey on twentysecondyear.co.uk and follow her on Instagram at: oliviarosesmithx
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