Ben is reading Law at Oxford
(And you won’t believe how hard he worked to get there)
A TEENAGER who was diagnosed with terminal cancer and had only been given months to live has beaten the odds and got into a top university.
In 2011, Chesham Grammar School student Ben Atkins, then 14, was diagnosed with Hodgkin’s lymphoma, a type of blood cancer, and doctors also found five tumours all his body.
Determined not to let the cancer beat him, in 2013 achieved one A*, fives As and two Bs in his GCSEs, despite sitting his exams through chemotherapy.
Ben had to juggle the chemotherapy around his lessons and exams.
He would spend half the day in chemotherapy and then do his exams around that.
After his GCSEs, Ben continued to battle on and after having a stem-cell transplant, donated by his brother Joseph, he went back to the school in White Hill, Chesham, to sit his AS levels.
However, he became to ill to stay on for his A-levels and doctors told him his cancer was terminal and gave him just months to live.
Last year, Ben astounded doctors and was given the all clear and received an offer to go to Sussex University to study law, despite only having AS levels.
While Ben was grateful, he decided to turn down the offer and return to the school in White Hill, Chesham, to do his A-levels.
Ben’s patience and hard work has paid off because last week he picked-up two A*s and an A in English literature, geography and maths.
He will be going to Oxford University to study law.
An excited Ben said: “I didn’t expect these results, I’m so happy. I though I was just going to scrape through with As.”
Ben said the hardest part for him was being at school studying for his A-levels while all his friends were off travelling. He added: “They’d ring me up and they’d be travelling across Australia while I was sitting in school!
“All my friends have been so good. They’ve made me feel so lucky and they’ve made all this worth it.”
Ben is now looking forward to going to university.
He said: “I had a chance to go to university last year but I just wasn’t ready.
“I’m glad I didn’t go because this has been a really good year for me.
“I’m so ready to go to university not. I’m so excited to learn something new, I’m just so excited for that!”
Inspiration: Ben Atkins with his A level results which have set him on the path to study law at oxford
Proud: Ben with his sister Grace when she received her GCSE results
Determined: Ben with his GCSE results in 2013