Hartlepool teen who battled cancer while studying A-levels is off to medical school

DELIGHT: Teesside High School student Liz Edwards flanked by her parents, Alison and John
DELIGHT: Teesside High School student Liz Edwards flanked by her parents, Alison and John

A TEENAGER who battled cancer while studying for her A-levels is now set to go to medical school.

Liz Edwards was diagnosed with Hodgkins lymphoma, an rare cancer that develops in the lymphatic system, in December 2012 while studying for the second year of her A-levels.

Described by her teachers as being dedicated and having “a meticulous approach” to her studies, Liz had been studying AS-levels in biology, chemistry, geography and economics with the aim of going to medical school.

But her illness meant she had to defer her offer of a university place at the Hull York Medical School in order to concentrate on her own health.

The Hartlepool student then underwent a gruelling course of chemotherapy and took the remainder of the academic year off to recover and recuperate.

But during her absence from school, determined Liz used the opportunity to consult with medical professionals about her future career, which reaffirmed her choice to study medicine and gave her valuable experience.

She then returned to her studies at Teesside High School, in Eaglescliffe, in September last year to complete her A-levels in biology, chemistry and geography with an even more determined attitude than ever before.

School chiefs say that in lessons, she asked intelligent questions and is never content until she understands a concept fully, even if that requires knowledge beyond the A-level specifications.

It is to no surprise that Liz Edwards achieved two A*’s and an A, securing her place to study her dream profession at Hull York Medical School.

Her dad John Edwards said: “Liz has worked tremendously well over the past few years. Even in the face of adversity, Liz has put in the time and effort to ensure she goes on to study Medicine at Hull York Medical School. We can’t thank Teesside High School enough for their support. It’s the end of an era.”