Hi, my name is Cerian Jenkins.
I’m an animal lover, a passionate intersectional activist, and a general hot mess who originates from Aberystwyth but currently lives in Bath. Obsessed with all things feminist, politics and nerd. I also have cancer.
In September 2018, and at 30 years old, I was diagnosed with Hodgkin Lymphoma Stage 4, which has spread from my lymph nodes to my shoulder, spine, pelvis and right hip. The diagnosis turned my life upside down, and so I resorted to a common coping technique of mine; blogging.
I decided to blog about my slog with cancer for a number of reasons. Firstly, to raise awareness of Lymphoma (did you know that lymphoma accounts for nearly 1-in-5 cancer diagnosis among young people?) and its impact. Secondly, to network with others who are going through something similar and who might appreciate some demystification of the whole process. Thirdly, and perhaps mostly, because it helps me to talk openly about things.
This blog will act as a hub for my experience with cancer; from in-depth descriptions of the procedures I’m undergoing, fashion faux pas once chemotherapy is underway, and snapshots from my daily life through to highly personal and emotional venting when things get a little bit too much. There will highs, lows and boring slows, and I’m going to be writing about them all as much as I can.