Britain’s Princess Eugenie, 30, inspired a teen cancer patient, saying she’s ‘proud of her big old scar,’ a remnant from scoliosis surgery on her back when she was just 12, the Daily Mail reports. In a Zoom chat sponsored by Teenage Cancer Trust, the conversation turned toRead More
Princess Eugenie inspired cancer survivors by proudly displaying her scar — from scoliosis surgery — at her 2018 wedding.
But Shaw told the princess, “‘I saw pictures of you in your wedding dress and the scar, and it inspired me that you were so open about it and wanted to have it on show.”
Eugenie, who is Queen Elizabeth’s granddaughter, walked down the aisle in her 2018 wedding to Jack Brooksbank wearing a dress with a deep V-back that put her scar on bold display. Shaw went on to say that Teenage Cancer Trust helped her re-frame her view of her body post-surgery: “I’ve attended body image workshops … it’s boosted my confidence, I can’t believe it.”
“Woo! I love hearing that, Darcy. I have a big old scar down my back and I’m proud to show it off,” said Eugenie, an honorary patron of the British cancer organization.
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Today is International Scoliosis Awareness Day. I just wanted to share my scar and encourage anyone out there who’s gone through something similar to share theirs with me. Let’s be proud of our scars! I’d love to repost any of your images on my stories so please tag me and I will share. #internationalscoliosisawarenessday
On Saturday, the British royal, 30, shared a photo of her back scar on Instagram (above). “I just wanted to share my scar and encourage anyone out there who’s gone through something similar to share theirs with me,” she wrote.
“Let’s be proud of our scars! I’d love to repost any of your images on my stories so please tag me and I will share. #internationalscoliosisawarenessday.”
Over Zoom, Eugenie and her sister, Princess Beatrice chatted to six young cancer survivors, who shared the challenges of facing cancer during COVID-19 — including “shielding” (social distancing), appointment delays, and not being able to have loved-ones visit them in the hospital — and the support they’ve received from the organization’s youth-support coordinators.
“Sadly, for them and others, this isn’t their first experience of … the isolation [cancer] can bring,” Teenage Cancer Trust chief executive Kate Collins, said of the teens. “Young people facing cancer often feel isolated from their friends and peers, who are moving on with their lives.”
Young Cancer Fighters: Special Needs
When people think about cancer, they don’t typically think of young adults. But young adults do get cancer, and they have unique needs. When Matthew Zachary was facing brain cancer as a 21-year-old college student, he noticed a real lack of resources for people in his situation.
That’s why he created Stupid Cancer. And now, 22 years after his diagnosis, he feels like the resources he wished he had are finally becoming available.
“I feel like I was hand-sculpted to create an organization,” Matthew says. “And be a voice for the invisible Gen-Xers – the most underserved age group in cancer. We get it more, we die more, we are diagnosed late, we are misunderstood … it’s different, and if you want to save our lives, it requires a completely different framework.”
Matthew says that now, finally, young adult cancer is getting more attention. And help for the people who feel like they might lose their 20s to the disease is more widespread and available. “I built Stupid Cancer to be what I wish I had,” Matthew says.