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 2nd Global AYA Cancer Congress, 5 – 7 December 2017, Atlanta, USA.

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.

“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

Get your copy of the best book about teenagecancer today:

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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I grew up near the beach. As a child I spend days with my friends in the sand playing and swimming and enjoying life without worries. Then cancer hit me like a lightning. Chemo made me bald. And I was so afraid of showing my ugly sick chemo head in public that I refused to visit the beach. Even though I missed the feeling of water and freedom so much. My fear of what others might think when they saw the real “chemo Mette” took all power of any decision I made back then. It’s 16 years ago now. Today I visit the beach as often as I can. And I bring my sons. Here I am with my youngest. Harald was born three months ago💙 And last Sunday afternoon we met a bald and brave woman with two kids right there in the sand. Next week she’s facing a big surgery. But that Sunday she was out to show the world what chemo looks like. That’s courage!
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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.