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Diagnosed with cancer, UK woman names tumour after Donald Trump

Elise Stapleton was diagnosed with Hodgkin’s lymphoma in September

world Updated: Feb 06, 2017 08:02 IST
PTI, London
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U.S. President Donald Trump and First Lady Melania Trump attend the 60th Annual Red Cross Gala at Mar-a-Lago club in Palm Beach, Florida.(REUTERS)

A woman in the UK vowed not to lose her sense of humour after she was diagnosed with an uncommon form of cancer and named her tumour after US President Donald Trump.

Elise Stapleton was left stunned when doctors told her she had Hodgkin’s lymphoma in September last year.

The diagnosis meant the 24-year-old needed to undergo intensive chemotherapy led her hair loss, Mirror reported.

But rather than shying away from the ordeal, she decided to write a blog in the hope of inspiring others.

Elise poked fun at Trump after naming her tumour after him.

“I decided to name it ‘Donald’ as in Donald Trump – one big, ugly, useless mass that is good at one thing: hurting people.”

Elise, an administrative assistant, spoke to WalesOnline about her battle to mark World Cancer Day.

“I set up the blog because I just wanted to address the elephant in the room. It was really important to me because it felt empowering and it gave me a voice. People were shocked when they read about it all. They couldn’t believe that in the blog I was laughing and joking about it but I just said if you don’t laugh you cry,” she said.

Elise said her first treatment was rough, leaving her with side effects including nausea, diarrhoea and fatigue.

First Published: Feb 05, 2017 16:42 IST