Trekking through teenage cancer

My name is Mette and I am a teenage cancer survivor and the author of the book “Willpower Girl A Teenager’s Trek Though Cancer”. When I was 16, I was diagnosed with a serious tumor called “Ewing’s Sarcoma”, a rare type of teenage cancer. It was placed in my right leg and eating my bone up from the inside. Back then, I didn’t really understand the meaning of the word “cancer”, but the pain was definitely real. After one year in chemo therapy and a comprehensive surgery that resulted in an internal prosthetic device, I made it to the other side of the mountain called teenage cancer. 

Today I blog and speak about teenage cancer – what it is like to struggle with chemo, nausea, losing your hair while all your friends continue their normal life through high school. I am the author of the book Willpower Girl — A Teenager’s Trek Through Cancer. I hope to inspire others to find their willpower on their trek through teenage cancer.

“I lay in bed, chemo and nauseous, when a blond woman in her early twenties opened the door to my hospital room …”

Meet me at the 3rd Global AYA Cancer Congress, 4 – 6 December 2018, Sydney, Australia.

I am looking so much forward to be a part of this big, international congress about teenage cancer. I will participate in workshops and discussions about teenage cancer and survival and be talking about the importance of a supportive peer group focusing on family, friends, nurses and doctors. On day one I will be speaking about my own experience with networked based nursing. On day three I will participate in a panel discussion. You can see the whole program here.

“Willpower Girl is an amazing journey into a world filled with fear, anxiety, uncertainty and hope. A must read for anyone who’s curious about what life offers once the unknown kicks in.”

Martin Lindstrom, New York Times best-selling author of Small Data.

The book about teenage cancer:

Willpower Girl – A Teenager’s Trek Through Cancer

From one day to the next, sixteen-year-old Mette goes from being a cheerful, active teenager to having Ewing’s sarcoma, the same rare type of teenage cancer that took Ted Kennedy, Jr.’s leg. As Mette’s friends jubilantly make their way through high school, she struggles with chemo, nausea, and the most terrible thing she can imagine, being bald. To avoid looking like someone who is ill, she does everything possible: buys a wig, attends class, tries with all her might to live a normal teenage life. But midway through her yearlong treatment, her worst nightmare comes true…

“Beautifully written. Open, sincere and packed with insight.”

Simon Davies, CEO Teen Cancer America

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May the book be someone else’s Susanne

I lay in bed, chemo gray and nauseous, when a blond woman in her early twenties opened the door to my hospital room. Her hair was beautiful and her eyelashes long and intense. She was everything I was dreaming of becoming. Her name was Susanne. A few years prior she herself had lain in the very bed I was in now.

I met Susanne only once, yet she has kept me company ever since. Every time I felt alone or hopeless I thought of her. I kept thinking that if her hair could grow out again, mine could do the same.

And so it did.

Today my biggest wish is to become someone else’s Susanne.

I hope the book and the blog about teenage cancer will inspire you and give you hope and courage. I wish you all the best on your trek …

– Mette


Follow me on my blog about teenage cancer. I speak about teenage life with cancer, life after teenage cancer, how to support a teenage cancer patient; what not to say – and what to say. I want to show you how I live with my scars and what makes it all worth while for me. My goal is to help you find your willpower and focus on what you have instead of what you don’t have.

Being a teenager with cancer lots of questions occupy your thoughts. Will I lose my hair? Can I still go to school? You just want to lead a normal life like your friends. On my blog I tell you how I navigated through cancer when I was sixteen and diagnosed with Ewing’s Sarcoma.

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Willpower Girl

“Lucky me”:
Summer time and swings in the garden 👦🏼👶🏼💙☀️
But what to do if pains from the past are haunting you?

This is me swinging the kids while sitting down. Because I have to, not because of laziness. And this is the look of my face when the prothesis in my right leg - put there to replace a Ewing’s Sarcoma - hurts like h*** ...
I just finished a text for @elephantsandteamagazine about being a teen cancer survivor and the effects now. The article will be published online and in the printed Magazine come September.
I hope it will inspire those of you who are struggling to find a path in your present (or way to swing your kids despite pains and late effects).
It’s not fair to get cancer when your life has just begun. And it’s not fair, that if you’re lucky enough to survive, you now have to look ahead and expect a life filled with late effects and all kinds of traumas. But. There’s always something to be grateful for. If you’re lucky enough to survive. I named the article “Lucky me”.
#luckyme #cancer #teencancer #teencancersurvivor #lateeffects #ewing #sarcoma #momaftercancer #survivor #lifeaftercancer #willpower #willpowergirl #bookaboutcancer
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If you have any questions about my book, “Willpower Girl — A Teenager’s Trek Though Cancer”, my life with teenage cancer or if you want to hire me as a teenage cancer speaker, please contact me. I am looking forward to hearing from you.