Wiltshire

Luckington's Rosie Dicks, 14, wins award for cancer video

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Media captionRosie was diagnosed with Hodgkin lymphoma in October

A teenager has won an award for her courage in making a video to let her school friends and teachers know she has cancer.

In the message Rosie Dicks, 14, from Luckington, Wiltshire, explained why she would be absent from school and warned them she would lose her hair.

"I wanted to explain what was wrong to them but I was in hospital," she said.

The Malmesbury School pupil has Hodgkin lymphoma, diagnosed in October, and is undergoing chemotherapy treatment.

Rosie was given the Little Star Award from Cancer Research UK in the charity's annual awards ceremony, which celebrates the courage of all children who confront cancer.

She had originally planned to tell people in person but decided it would be easier to send a video to the school.

Image caption The Malmesbury School pupil was diagnosed with Hodgkin lymphoma in October

"Hodgkin has a very high cure rate so hopefully I'll be cured as soon as possible," she said.

"Nobody will be able to catch it off me as it is not contagious... but a side effect is that I'll be more susceptible to infection so whenever there are any illnesses going round school I'll be unable to attend."

She also explained she would try to be in school as much as possible but the treatment made her sick and tired.

After numerous tests and scans she was put on a course of chemotherapy but complications led to her having to go back into hospital.

She has now received a second course of treatment and is waiting for the scan results.

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