Out of a devastating situation, Natasha Powell and Toby Chambers managed to find hope in each other, after being diagnosed with cancer at the age of 15.
The pair met on an outing with the Teenager Cancer Trust in March 2018 and, after becoming firm friends, romance began to blossom.
Natasha, 20, who lives in Bridgend and is studying Sports and Exercise Science at Cardiff Metropolitan Uni, says: “I was diagnosed with Hodgkins Lymphoma when I was 15 and Toby has also been through treatment for Non Hodgkins Lymphoma.
"Like me, he’s very sporty, so when we first met we had a lot in common and loads to talk about.
“We stayed in touch and Toby, now 19, came to visit me a few times – taking a three hour train to Cardiff from Southampton where he lives.
“We became great friends and there was definitely an initial attraction. So when he asked me out in May 2018, I was really excited.”
And their romance is still going strong, with the pair seeing each other every couple of weeks and chatting constantly on the phone.
Natasha says: “The fact we met through Teenage Cancer Trust means we can relate to each other on a different level.
"We were able to share our cancer stories, compare our chemo photos and see who was best suited to being bald. It is so lovely to be able to talk to someone who understands.
“Toby is lovely and always meets me off the train with my favourite flowers – white roses – and some Reese’s Pieces chocolate. He’s full of thoughtful ideas.”
Natasha is now approaching five years in remission and the pair are already planning their future together.
She says: “We’ve spoken about it and when I’ve finished university in two years we’d love to move and be together – hopefully somewhere in Wales.
“As for now, we’re going to celebrate Valentine’s day at TGI Friday’s in Cardiff and just keep having fun!”
Credit if room: Teenage Cancer Trust’s fundraising gigs at The Royal Albert Hall take place from 23–29 March and have raised more than £30 million for its specialist nurses, hospital wards and support teams. For ticket info, click here.
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