On February 25 last year, former Home and Away star Tessa James completed her final round of chemotherapy for Hodgkin’s lymphoma.
This morning — exactly one year on — the 24-year-old shared a photo taken while she was having her head shaved, which she captioned, “25/02/15 – 12 months baby.”
The actress’ mother, Charis James, also commemorated the occasion by sharing an Instagram message of her own.
“Our beautiful resilient girl… 12 mths on today from your last treatment. Your passion for life and the people you love is inspiring to all of us,” she wrote.
Last August, James gave her first interview since her cancer diagnosis and treatment. As she told Sunday Night, the first sign of anything unusual came while she was living in Los Angeles in 2014.
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Eventually, she found a lump on her neck, which a biopsy revealed to be Hodgkin’s lymphoma — a rare blood cancer that affects the lymphatic system. She moved home to the Gold Coast to be with her family, including husband Nate Miles, and began 12 gruelling rounds of chemotherapy.
James admitted the treatment wore her down, and one point she had a panic attack.
“I remember calling Dad and saying, ‘I want to die, I don’t want to do this. I’m not strong enough. This isn’t worth it. I don’t want to feel sick any more. There’s got to be another way’,” she said. (Post continues after gallery.)