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Kieran back with family and friends after beating cancer

KIERAN Simmons has beaten an illness that threatened to take his life.
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On the mend: Kieran Simmons is cancer-free after 12 months of physical and emotional turmoil. He now has his sights set on a career in engineering. Picture: Carmel Zaccone

Now the 15-year-old wants to focus on his future – becoming an engineer.

On October 23, Kieran and his family received news they’d dreamed about getting for 12 months – Kieran was cancer-free and could return home.

While still recovering from the physical and emotional turmoil of the past 12 months, the Werrimull P-12 student is now back at school with his mates.

Next year, he will return to his beloved Air Force Cadet squad and he hopes to one day become an engineer.

However, at the start of the year, that was far from a reality as the teenager faced the biggest battle of his life.

For Fiona Harmer and her family, there is one day cemented in their minds that will forever standout from the rest.

Twelve months ago, on November 26, Kieran was told he had Ewing’s Sarcoma, a very rare form of cancer that affects about 20 Australians each year.

“Last year Kieran came back from surf camp with a really sore chest, I took him to outpatients and they said he had a cracked rib,” mum Fiona said.

She said looking back, Kieran had been unwell for most of the year, but as in many cases of Ewing’s, the tell-tale signs were mistaken for those of a healthy teenage boy.

“Ewing’s presents symptoms similar to growing pains, and because Kieran was 14 at the time, we didn’t think much about it,” she said.

A few days after his first visit to outpatients, Kieran could barely drag himself out of bed to go to school.

“He went to the doctor who sent him to have an x-ray. Luckily the radiographer had actually seen Ewing’s before and put him through for a CT scan,” Ms Harmer said.

Two hours after the results came in, Kieran and his Mum were on their way to the oncology ward of the Women’s and Children’s Hospital in Adelaide.

Over the next six days, Kieran underwent a multitude of tests and was eventually diagnosed with Ewing’s Sarcoma, a bone cancer that accounts for just one per cent of all childhood cancers.

It affects primarily adolescents and children.

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