Katy loving student life after cancer battle

Katie Corrigan    RMG04

Katy Corrigan RMG04


TWO years after being diagnosed with Hodgkin’s Lymphoma, Katy Corrigan has just completed her first year of remission and university. The 20-year-old’s world was sent into turmoil when she was first diagnosed in June 2014, but after treatment and some recovery time, Katy hasn’t looked back since.
“The past year has been good as I’ve been travelling to lots of different places like London and Amsterdam. I’ve also met loads of new people at university and it’s been nice being in a different city and being able to do what I like. I am now home for the summer.” said the Churchhill student.
Throughout her illness and treatment, Katy maintained a positive attitude with the help of her family, friends and her much loved dog, Muffin. One year after being diagnosed, Katy moved to Leeds to attend university and currently studies food science and nutrition. 
“I’ve found my course a lot harder than expected and I find it hard to do my work as I’m not used to studying. I have really liked the experience of university other than all the coursework.” 
Katy underwent six months of chemotherapy before being given the all clear last year in April. Since being in remission, she has had time to enjoy student life but admits that people usually find it hard to believe that she has had cancer. 
“People are usually shocked when I tell them that I had cancer. I didn’t really know whether I wanted to tell people but couldn’t have really hidden it. I would say that it may not be as bad as expected. Well it wasn’t for me anyway, it’s also better if you have good friends and family around you the whole time.”
While she went through a lot in order to get to where she is today, Katy is determined to be positive and get on with her life using cancer as a learning curve and taking every chance she has to expand her life experiences. 
“I have met so many people that I never would have met if I had not had cancer. I’m going sailing in the summer for the second time with the Ellen MacArthur Cancer Trust. It’s been two years since I was diagnosed and I am still getting to do new things because of cancer.”

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