Cancer shouldn’t happen to young. But it does… and I’m proof you can survive it

Charlotte NewmanWith flowing chestnut hair and wide blue-violet eyes, she gazes unflinchingly from posters and magazines – alongside the simple, arresting statement: ‘I was terrified, all I heard was cancer,  but thanks to Teenage Cancer Trust I knew I was going to be OK.’

I’d glanced at the picture a number of times, simply assuming she was  a pretty girl, hired to be the face of a very worthy cause.

Certainly, her fresh-faced beauty – and youth – are not what you associate with cancer.

But if you look closely, Charlotte Newman is wearing a wig.

And if there seems to be a care-worn knowing in her stare, it is perhaps because, indeed, she did face cancer. And she survived against unfavourable odds.

The photo was taken five months ago, exactly a year after the 23-year-old from Leeds had been given the tentative all-clear.

Her hair, lost through chemotherapy, hadn’t yet grown back. The charity approached Charlotte to front their campaign after reading her story on the Just Giving page of her father Dominic and sister Emma, who ran this year’s London Marathon for the charity.

A video of her story was broadcast to 5,000 people every night over a week for the Teenage Cancer Trust (TCT) concerts at the Royal Albert Hall in March and Charlotte appeared on stage with Noel Gallagher.

Today, she is telling her story for the first time – and although her hair has now finally grown back to shoulder length (it looks longer thanks to a hairpiece), the trauma  of the past few years is still vivid.

‘The TCT was so important to my recovery and this is my chance to give something back,’ she says of the powerful image.

Charlotte explains that the trust was involved in her care from the moment she entered the charity’s specialist teenage cancer unit at  St James University Hospital in Leeds, a week after her initial diagnosis in January 2011.

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