‘I just want to forget about my leukaemia’

ROAD TO RECOVERY: Ben Williams, 17, has been fighting leukaemia for three years.
ROAD TO RECOVERY: Ben Williams, 17, has been fighting leukaemia for three years.

A teenager who has battled cancer for three years says he is looking forward to getting on with his life as he approaches the end of his treatment.

Ben Williams, 17, was diagnosed with leukaemia – a type of cancer of the blood or bone marrow characterised by an abnormal increase in immature white blood cells – in 2009.

Since then, Ben has been visiting Ipswich and Addenbrooke’s hospitals on a regular basis to see specialists and receive chemotherapy.

On Tuesday, the avid football fan, who at one point lost the feeling in one side of his body due to the illness, will complete his treatment and he is hoping to put the days of hospital trips behind him.

“I do get tired and my muscles hurt after chemotherapy,” said Ben, from The Street in Preston St Mary.

“I had just turned 15 when I was diagnosed and this has been a major part of my life. I don’t like to think about it too much, but it will be nice to try to forget about it.”

On occasions, Ben is too tired to attend Suffolk One college in Ipswich, where he is studying BTEC sport.

However, doctors have said he is progressing well and last month, along with mum Jo and dad David, he visited the Match of the Day studios in Salford and met pundits Alan Shearer and Harry Redknapp.

The trip was made possible by Rays of Sunshine, a charity which grants wishes for youngsters with life-threatening conditions.

“They were really welcoming and I spoke to them both about the Ipswich manager’s job because that’s the team I support,” said Ben.

“I told a few of my friends about the trip and they were pretty jealous. I was just happy the charity organised it.”