Rachel Gilbert talks about GIST at the Teenage Cancer Trust Conference. Gilbert was diagnosed with GIST when she was 15.
I’ve had GIST for 3 1/2 years, since I was 15; I was diagnosed on the 23rd December (not the best date to pick). I was also in the middle of my last year of school and 5 months away from my final exams (In England the school system goes to 16 and then you have your Gcse exams, which are your final exams). They announced my diagnosis in a school assembly to make sure that everyone had the facts. My oncology nurse went to talk to them. I knew about it beforehand and thought it was a good idea, instead of people not being sure about it and making rumours. My friends didn’t react very well.