Hi, my name is Cerian Calonmôr (formerly Jenkins).
I’m a PhD candidate, a passionate intersectional activist, and a general hot mess who originates from Aberystwyth. Obsessed with all things feminist, politics, policy and nerd. I also
have had cancer.
In September 2018, and at 30 years old, I was diagnosed with Stage 4 Hodgkins Lymphoma, which had 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.
Although I am now in remission (hurray!), this blog remains a hub for my experience with cancer; from in-depth descriptions of the procedures I underwent, fashion faux pas once chemotherapy was underway, and snapshots from my daily life through to highly personal and emotional venting when things got a little bit too much. There are highs, lows and boring slows.