Cancer survivor from Wembley pens book about his battle
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An inspirational man from Wembley has put pen to paper to write a book about his emotional battle to overcome cancer.
At 22, Lamelle Williams, of Monks Park, was diagnosed with Hodgkin’s lymphoma, which attacks the lymph system, after complaining about pain caused by a lump the size of a tennis ball which had developed on his chest.
His book, entitled A Fearless Mindset: He never understood how strong he was until he was given no choice but to do what was needed to survive, explores the ex-Copland Community School student’s struggle in coming to terms with his condition.
Lamelle plans to donate a percentage of every book sold to Macmillian, the cancer charity which helped those closest to him through the ordeal.
He said: “I wrote the book to make people realise it is possible to get through cancer. I want to show people that cancer can be beaten. Yes, it is a massive hurdle but you can jump over it.”
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On the verge of signing a semi-professional contract with football team Leyton Orient, and a promotion to manager at Ikea, in Brent Park, Lamelle’s life ground to a halt as he received painstaking yet life-saving treatment.
Now 24, he said: “When I found out about the cancer, I felt devastated, angry and also happy. Devastated for obvious reasons – no one wants to find out they have cancer. I was angry because it stopped everything that was going well in my life in its tracks.
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“I also felt a strange sense of happiness because I was relived to finally find out what was happening to my body.”
The news was a bitter pill for his parents and two sisters, aged seven and 16, who had been rocked by news that his grandmother had also contracted cancer.
She died last year.
“It was double damage for my family. It was hard to take – my mother was more devastated than everybody else. My father tried to keep strong for everybody.”
After one and a half years of treatment, which included chemotherapy and stem cell transplant, and suffering side effects such as hair loss, Lamelle was told that the cancer had gone.
He said: “Life is still a challenge because the experience can never be forgotten. It goes through your mind 24/7.
“It makes me want to finish things earlier so if it comes back I can say to myself, I have accomplished things.”
His book is available to buy at Amazon here.