Maria Austin was diagnosed with Hodgkin lymphoma in April.

The west Belfast woman shares her story to help others going through cancer diagnosis and treatment.

The 25 year-old has undergone chemotherapy and has seven sessions of radiotherapy left.

She also has gone through IVF. Maria said she was one of the ‘lucky’ ones and will be ‘forever grateful’ for being able to freeze some of her eggs in case anything goes wrong in the future with her fertility, which can be affected by chemotherapy.

She’s hopefully near the end of her cancer treatment and at the start of a new journey.

“I know that a lot people have not got diagnosed on time, and there’s a long waiting list to get in to the systems, that actually hurts me, and I feel awful saying this, but I did not really have that long wait,” she said.

One of the hardest things about her cancer journey was losing her hair. Maria plans to make videos to share on her Instagram with tips on where to buy the best wigs, how to style a headscarf and creating natural-looking eyebrows.

Maria has remained as positive and upbeat through her journey as possible, saying, “you just have to get up and get on with it.” She has raised money for Friends of The Cancer Centre and plans to do more fundraising in the future.

You can follow Maria’s journey on Instagram @marialouise1998