Lurgan teenager Amy Uprichard received great news this week when she was told she could leave hospital following chemotherapy treatment.
The 17-year-old’s cheerful optimistic as she battles leukaemia has warmed the hearts of readers, who will be delighted to hear she’s enjoying fresh air and home comforts after 30 days in hospital.
She told the ‘MAIL’: “My counts hit 0.5 so I was allowed out. It’s great to finally get some fresh air and it’s so nice to stay in the house with my family in a relaxing environment.”
She added: “All being well I’ll get the bone marrow test next week.
“They have to check that all the cancer is gone then I can get the transplant pretty much straight away.”
Amy’s donor will be her younger sister Gemma (12).
“She got a big list of what she wants in return,” joked Amy.
“But seriously, she thinks it’s great that she can help me.”
Of her stay in hospital she said: “It’s not that bad. It can get a bit boring I suppose, but most of the time I’ve plenty to keep myself amused.”
Amy, a pupil at Banbridge Academy and a promising ballet dancer, said: “I could dance around a good bit in my hospital room and watch a lot of movies. With school starting back this week I’m going to try and start some school work.
“Unfortunately there are no more dance competitions at the minute, but I’ll be heading back to ballet next week.”
She said: “I’m having a ball being bald and trying out different styles with my wig and turbans.
“Everything that’s happened to me has been an experience and I’ll be taking good memories from it.”
When asked how she’s managed to maintain a brave face and a positive outlook, Amy said: “It’s just me I suppose. I’ve always been quite a determined person.
“My mum would be very positive so I must take after her.”