I received intensive chemotherapy at just two years old for six months until my parents noticed that the way I walked had changed.

The chemotherapy got stopped immediately and I was monitored to see if my walking would go back to “normal” which it didn’t, and I was left with a walking disability.

My gait had completely changed, I walked in a ‘cerebral palsy style’ and throughout my childhood my walking had a huge impact on everyday activities - but I never let it stop me.

I always joined in with my friends and played every game with them but in primary school I was in and out of hospital for different appointments whether it was physio, gait analysis or a general review of my health.

For many years I was put into splints, which in the long run actually deteriorated my legs and made my walking worse.

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I had no balance, I fell over regularly, and I was unable to walk any kind of distance without being in pain, but the feeling of not being able to do something was the feeling that kept me going and kept me motivated to achieve.

I started going to Berinsfield Boxing Club where my sister was boxing to attempt to join in with the lady’s boxercise class.

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Although I completed my ten years in remission when I started secondary school, I still had problems with my walk.

It was still very bad and after discussing this with my consultant and admitting that I felt insecure about it, he offered me an operation that could straighten out my legs and hopefully allow me to walk with a regular gait.

He also warned me that the operation was very risky and that if he hit a nerve it would make me worse.

While waiting for the operation - which I had last July - I continued to go to the boxing gym and work on my strength and balance to make the recovery quicker.

As I went to the gym often, I ended up falling in love with the sport and my focus changed to becoming a boxer - possibly even the first Paralympic boxer in the Olympics.

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I began to go training regularly and even managed to start joining in with the sparring.

One day, my coach, Mel Corrigan, invited me to go to the South England girls squad with This Girl Can Box.

I was extremely nervous to go as I knew I was different and I knew everyone else could tell, but as soon as I arrived I felt as though I belonged and was made to feel accepted and the same as everyone else.

My confidence grew insanely that day especially whilst watching and talking to Amy Andrew who has now become a huge inspiration to me.

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This Girl Can Box and everyone from Berinsfield Boxing Club, especially my coach Mel Corrigan, has pushed me through all the good times and the extremely bad times.

After I had spent the day with the girls, I’ve learnt that boxing has changed my life and completely changed my attitude. I am determined, confident and I know that I can conquer anything I want.

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As a registered disabled young girl, I want to show people that no matter who you are or what disability you have you are sure to achieve anything as long as you put your mind to it.

I honestly believe that without boxing my disability would be a lot worse and my mindset would be completely different about the world.

Although I can’t box yet as I’m not carded and currently recovering from the operation, I’ve been able to spar so many new people and challenge myself in numerous ways.

Everyone has been so supportive and encouraging and I know I wouldn't be able to do anything without them.

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Boxing is my life and This Girl Can Box is not only an amazing way to strengthen me physically and mentally, but also a brilliant way to keep girls in the gym.

It’s an amazing commitment and I’m grateful to have been introduced to this world.

Maybe one day I’ll be Boxing for England.