A 21-year-old woman who 12 months ago was coping with the bombshell news that she was suffering from leukaemia has been given the all- clear.
Ellie Beynon, from Carleton, was diagnosed with the disease after spotting a bruise on her leg and was fast-tracked for treatment.
For ten months she had to cope with a line permanently in place from her chest to her neck to administer her drugs.
Ellie, who works at Fat Face in High Street, Skipton, was given a relatively new treatment based on arsenic.
She spent the early weeks at St James’s Hospital in Leeds on the young adults’ ward and made many friends.
Tragically, she saw one of her closest friends die of the disease following a relapse.
“It was very sad. Quite a few friends relapsed so it makes you think.
“This whole thing feels really strange – as if it hasn’t happened to me but in a film. I’m a bit paranoid about getting bruises but it should ease in time. I realise I’m OK.
“At first I felt fine, but the longer it went on, the more poorly I was. I was feeling pretty rough at the end but not as much as those people having chemotherapy.”
She is immensely grateful for the support of her family and friends and to her bosses at Fat Face, who accommodated her needs in terms of release from work for treatment throughout the period.
And at her side during the year-long ordeal was boyfriend David Brame, also from Carleton, who at the time was a trainee at the army officer training college, Sandhurst.
He is now a serving second lieutenant with the 4th Artillery regiment in Kenya.
Ellie said: “Everything has gone so quickly. I had a party to acknowledge I had been given the all clear but I didn’t want to make a song and dance about it.”
But friends at The Swan Inn, Carleton, were so happy at her recovery they held a fundraiser for the ward where she spent the first 12 weeks. Last year, they held a similar fundraiser.