Woman, 27, has shared her 10 top tips on how to smile through chemotherapy 

A blogger whose 'itchy skin' was actually cancer has shared her 10 top tips on how to smile through chemotherapy.

Georgie Swallow, 27, thought she was suffering from eczema for a year prior to her cancer diagnosis in September 2018.

Doctors eventually detected she had Hodgkin lymphoma when a plum-sized lump formed on the side of her neck - a symptom of the disease.  

Miss Swallow needed six months of chemotherapy. But despite going into remission, the cancer returned in June this year.

Miss Swallow, of Iver, Buckinghamshire, remains optimistic, going to chemotherapy wearing fancy dress, brightly coloured wigs and painting her bald head.

She wants to spread her positive message to 'see the funny side' of hair loss, even comparing her head to objects like spoons and potatoes.  

Georgie Swallow, whose 'itchy skin' was actually cancer has shared her 10 top tips on how to smile through chemotherapy (pictured, having treatment herself)

Georgie Swallow, whose 'itchy skin' was actually cancer has shared her 10 top tips on how to smile through chemotherapy (pictured, having treatment herself)

Miss Swallow goes to chemotherapy wearing fancy dress (pictured)

Miss Swallow goes to chemotherapy wearing fancy dress (pictured)

Before her shock diagnosis, Miss Swallow thought her itchy skin was eczema

Before her shock diagnosis, Miss Swallow thought her itchy skin was eczema

Miss Swallow wants to spread her positive message to 'see the funny side' of being bald, comparing her head to objects like spoons and balloons

Miss Swallow wants to spread her positive message to 'see the funny side' of being bald, comparing her head to objects like spoons and balloons

Miss Swallow cut certain foods from her diet thinking her itchy skin was triggered by an allergy. Pictured, the rash on her arm

Miss Swallow cut certain foods from her diet thinking her itchy skin was triggered by an allergy. Pictured, the rash on her arm 

Miss Swallow, formally an executive assistant at an interim management firm before her diagnosis, said: 'My whole outlook on life has changed since being diagnosed with cancer and I refuse to be sad.

'The day I was told I got my hair chopped off and I brought loads of comfy clothes.

'I just thought of fun ways to make sure cancer doesn't bring me down, such as bringing a picnic to chemo.

WHAT ARE GEORGIE SWALLOW'S TEN TIPS? 

Georgie Swallow has shared her top tips on how to smile through chemotherapy:

1. It's important to be able to see the funny side of things for example, compare your head to object e.g. a spoon

2. Buy a dog - mine have helped me so much by giving me snuggles or helping me clear my head with a walk.

3. Eat whatever makes you happy - If you want to eat a doughnut, eat a doughnut.

4. Focus your energy on something good like fundraising.

5. Turn up to chemotherapy in fancy dress

6. Bring cakes and biscuits to chemo and offer them around - a great way to make chemo friends!

7. Connect with people who are in the same situation

8. Paint your head

9. Have fun with wigs and wear crazy colours

10. Always play the cancer card - it is your ultimate get out of jail free card

'My looks changing really did affect me, so even though I was down about how I couldn't recognise myself, I picked myself up by finding the fun and comparing my noggin to different objects and wearing crazy coloured wigs.' 

Miss Swallow's diagnosis was a huge shock.

She said: 'I had been to the doctors three or four times before in the year as I had the most unscratchable itch.

'I cut certain foods as I thought it might have been an allergy and I was told it was eczema by doctors.

'I lost two stone in four weeks but at the time I was drinking meal replacement shakes so I thought they were amazing. I recommended it to all of my friends.

'Unbeknownst to me, it was another symptom of Hodgkin lymphoma.'

Symptoms of Hodgkin lymphoma, a rare cancer of the lymphatic

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