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Defiant in the face of death

Since being diagnosed with a rare form of cancer, one queer journalist has used his platform as a writer to share his journey with readers and to campaign against inequalities in the health-care system


Little more than a year ago, Dean Eastmond was like many other queer university students around the countr y; enjoying life in the company of friends from across the rainbow spectrum. Then, in June 2016 — the same week as the Pulse nightclub shooting — he was diagnosed with Ewing’s sarcoma, a rare form of cancer

“I felt a pain in my chest in January of last year,” says Dean. “By May, there was a lump the size of a grapefruit.

“I thought it was a bump from partying too hard on a night out, or a broken rib. But I went to A&E and they told me it was a tumour. A couple of weeks later, after tests and scans, they gave me the official diagnosis.”

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