A woman had a double hip replacement at 25 when her bones ‘began to die’ – WalesOnline

When Siwan Owen was in primary school she was diagnosed with the devastating blood cancer, leukaemia.

She underwent two-and-a-half years of chemotherapy and ended up needing a double hip replacement when her bones “began to die”.

But after making an astounding recovery she’s now qualified as a nurse so she can help others beat the disease.

Siwan Owen now works in the North Wales Cancer Treatment Centre at Ysbyty Glan Clwyd in Bodelwyddan

“I fell ill when I was 11 and it took two weeks before I finally got my diagnosis,” she said.

“I was treated at Alder Hey Children’s Hospital in Liverpool and had to undergo two-and-a-half years of chemotherapy.

“I had a rough time going through my cancer treatment and lost all my hair and had to use a wheelchair. I also missed a lot of school but gradually caught up.”

Because of the gruelling chemotherapy, Siwan was struck down with bone necrosis at the age of 25.

It occurs when there is loss of blood to the bone tissue which causes it to die.

“I had hip replacement surgery on one side and the following year the other side,” she added.

“I need to have a shoulder replacement too but I’m putting that off for as long as possible.”

Siwan also needs a shoulder replacement

While undergoing her own cancer treatment Siwan drew up a to-do list, including three very important milestones.

She said: “The first thing I wanted to do was ride a bike again and I’ve certainly managed that.

“I have recently completed a 100-mile Ride London Challenge from the Olympic Park through Surrey and finishing on the Mall.

“I raised more than £1,350 for Home-Start, a Denbighshire charity that helps families in crisis – families that may have multiple children, lone parents, isolation, health issues including terminal illness, children with disabilities, the list is endless. Home-Start helps a great many of our cancer patients.

“I also had skiing on my to-do list and I’ve managed that twice and I’m going again – and the third thing was to wear a pair of high heels.

“I bought myself a pair of Jimmy Choos and they might be really uncomfortable but I still love wearing them.”

Siwan, who lives in Flintshire , was inspired to become a haematology clinical nurse following her harrowing experiences.

The 29-year-old now works at the North Wales Cancer Treatment Centre at Ysbyty Glan Clwyd in Bodelwyddan, Rhyl.

She has now been nominated for the Welsh Language Award in the Betsi Cadwaladr University Health Board (BCUHB) staff awards.

Siwan said: “I was amazed to find out I had been nominated but it’s really nice to think someone has recognised what I do in my day-to-day work. But it’s not just about me, it’s about the whole team I work with.

“I know from my own experience that being able to hear your diagnosis and what’s happening to you in your first language, in my case Welsh, is so important. It’s especially important when you have just heard you have cancer.

“Translating medical information and details of medication and treatments into Welsh is so important for a Welsh first language patient especially at a time when they are at their most vulnerable.”

Siwan was nominated for the award by BCUHB Welsh language tutor Ceri Phillips, who said: “Siwan is so passionate about what she does. There is no doubt in my mind she would be a thoroughly deserving recipient of the staff Welsh language award. She is inspirational.”

The staff awards will take place at Venue Cymru in Llandudno on Friday, November 10.

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