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Lydia Haynes: Opera Singer

Often we see posts bemoaning the lack of positive, uplifting stories. Here's one that might help...

'There was a chance I would never speak again, never mind sing': Opera singer who battled throat cancer her achieves her dream of performing at the Proms

Lydia Haynes was diagnosed with thyroid cancer in November 2011 at 16

Doctors said there was no need to worry but a biopsy test revealed cancer

She was left unable to speak for weeks and told she may never talk again

Now 21, she sang at the BBC Proms at the Royal Albert Hall just last week

When Lydia Haynes was diagnosed with a type of throat cancer at 16, her dreams of becoming a singer looked all but over.

The teenager, from St Albans, was warned by doctors she may never talk again.

Tests revealed a golf ball-sized lump in her throat was actually thyroid cancer and treatment to remove the tumour could leave permanent damage.

However, now 21, she achieved her dreams, performing at the BBC Proms at the Royal Albert Hall last week.

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I couldn't sing before my thyroidectomy and I still can't :p


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