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A-Levels: Happy end to school years blighted by ops
4:00pm Saturday 17th August 2013 in News
AMY Young has suffered from a rare form of bone cancer since she was five.
But that didn’t stop her picking up A-Level exams and securing a university place.
The 18-year-old, of Barry Avenue, Bicester, was diagnosed with Ewing’s Sarcoma, a rare form of bone cancer, in 2000.
At the time she had surgery to remove four inches of her thigh bone and replace it with bone from her calf.
But over the past 13 years as she has grown, she has had repeated surgery on her left leg to replace the metal fixings, and used crutches to help her walk.
Bicester Community College pupil Amy, who got three C grades in Maths, History and Sociology, has been clear of cancer for more than 10 years and plans to study history at Northampton University She said: “I have had operations all the way through school.
“Year 13 was the only year when I was not on crutches.
“The operations were to sort out the metal work in my leg — as I grew, it broke.
“I have missed a lot of school but always got work sent home.
“For me university is a new beginning — I feel really proud.”
Her mother Sue said: “I’m ecstatic for her, she’s worked so hard. The life she’s had, just to pass one exam, it’s amazing.”
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