Graduation tales: Student nurse Tammie overcomes cancer to graduate

Tammie Mylan beat cancer, and has now graduated from USW.

Tammie Mylan beat cancer, and has now graduated from USW.

A student nurse is a step closer to her dream career after graduating from the University of South Wales, despite battling cancer in the middle of her studies.

Tammie Mylan, from Cardiff – wife of Welsh actor Richard Mylan - will graduate with a 2:1 degree in Adult Nursing, after receiving her devastating diagnosis in her final year.

After being rushed to Charing Cross hospital in London for specialist care, Tammie then went on to undertake chemotherapy in London and at Velindre in Cardiff. She also had surgery in the University Hospital of Wales.

But that didn’t stop her from carrying on with her nursing studies.

Tammie said: “I continued writing my dissertation on my non-chemo weeks. I felt like this kept me focused and I enjoyed the distraction.

“I am so grateful for the support I received from the University of South Wales, as they allowed me to continue my studies. I felt like I wasn’t losing my normality and I could achieve what I wanted to achieve.”

Just five weeks after her last therapy session, Tammie returned to her nursing placement at the Princess of Wales hospital in Bridgend. She was determined to graduate with her classmates, so completed a gruelling 24 weeks of placements back to back, in both Cardiac and A&E departments.

And her determination paid off, as not only will she be graduating with her class, but she has also been nominated for Student Nursing Award.

Tammie now works in the A&E department at the Princess of Wales Hospital, and has been given the all-clear from cancer.

She said: “I’m looking forward to celebrating my graduation with my family, some of which are travelling from Dundee. I couldn’t have done this without the support from my family and husband.

 “I really enjoy my job. I love the good grounding it gives you for all aspects of nursing. Working in A&E is fast-paced, but the shifts go by quickly and the staff are amazing.”

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