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14-Year-Old Girl Who Lost Her Arm To Cancer Wins Competition With Her First Left-Handed Artwork

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This awesome 14-year-old girl who had an arm amputated to help cure her cancer has won a competition after learning to draw with her opposite hand.


Skye Duncan was diagnosed with bone cancer last summer, causing the bone in her right arm to become, to use a technical term, spongy.

It was a long process. Chemotherapy failed to halt the disease and she had the arm amputated at the shoulder. After chemotherapy, she has been declared cancer free!

Now, her first left-handed picture has won a hospital poster competition run by Glasgow Children's Hospital Charity encouraging young patients to stay hydrated before surgery.

“I was waiting to get released from hospital and the play staff came in and handed it out and I think I just done it out of boredom, not thinking anything of it, and then my mum got the email saying that I'd won it. She was just ecstatic about it," Duncan said. “I think it was the first time I really tried drawing with my left hand and it turned out better than I thought it would've because I thought it would've taken a wee while to get that back. Writing only took me weeks, I just kind of went for it and I was impressed with how I did."

She also talked about an essay she wrote after surgery.

"It was three weeks after my surgery that I first wrote, I wrote an essay. I rewrote it until I was happy with my writing – about three times," she remembered. "I'd just been declared cancer free. My English teacher's been dead good with me so I wrote an essay about telling me I'm cancer free and I gave it to her, as me telling her that I was cancer free."

She continued to attend school throughout her treatment when able.

“I was over the moon because she hadn't drawn with her left hand, she just had to learn to write again with her left," Duncan's mother, Ann, said.

Skye Duncan with her twin sister SaraSkye with her twin sister Sara (right) (Jane Barlow/PA)

“It was probably just the first picture she drew with her left so to win I just thought was amazing," Ann continued. “It's just another wee thing you're ticking off – every day you're ticking, she can still do that, she can still do this. She just finds a way of just getting back to her old life as best she can."

Skye developed a sore arm last year and doctors initially believed it was due to muscle pain or posture and prescribed physiotherapy. After falling from a banana boat on holiday, she could not move her arm and immediately attended hospital on returning home. Within days, the teenager and her family were told she had cancer.

Chemotherapy failed to help and Skye was told her arm would be amputated. After the seven-and-a-half hour operation at Glasgow's Royal Hospital for Children last September, she improved rapidly and has been declared cancer free following 10 months of chemotherapy.

Skye Duncan with mother and sisterMother Ann Duncan with Skye and Sara (Jane Barlow/PA)

Her last session of chemotherapy was on her 14th birthday on May 17, and her friends had a pajama party for her in her hospital room.

“For my birthday we all got matching jammies and they all came up and we ordered in pizza and dessert," she said. "It was good, they made the experience a whole lot better. The staff are amazing. They make it much more bearable. They make it 100 times better when they sit and they make jokes with you."

Skye also played jokes on them, including a Halloween prank while buying treats at a supermarket ahead of a chemotherapy treatment.

“It was Halloween at the time so it was just after my surgery," she said. “We went to the Halloween section and there was this skeleton arm and I took it in and I put it under my sleeve and said to the hospital staff that I didn't need the chemo any more, that my arm had grown back. I think that gave them a lift as well."

Skye DuncanSkye Duncan with the poster she designed using her left hand, which won a hospital art competition (Jane Barlow/PA)

Her mother said from their first visit to the E.R., everything happened very quickly and when testing Skye's arm doctors “could put a needle right into the bone, it was so soft."

“Chemo started the end of August but nothing worked, nothing, she was deteriorating rapidly, so it was a case of the arm had to come off," she added. "She was bedridden at this point, could hardly walk, could barely talk to any of us. The minute the arm left it was an instant improvement. She got out of bed three or four hours after surgery. It was just amazing – it was as if it was just poisoning the life out of her and it had to go."

To celebrate being declared cancer free, Skye's brother Sam took her and her twin sister Sara on holiday to Malaga, Spain.

“She was amazing, she did the inflatable assault course," her mother said. "Everybody with two hands struggled and she was up there with one. There's no stopping this girl."

She said the support from the hospital, Skye's school Eastbank Academy, friends, family and neighbors has been overwhelming.

“Like many children, Skye has been incredible in the face of a life-changing diagnosis and the support that Skye has received from her family has been amazing," Her surgeon, Rod Duncan, said. “They are an inspiration to those of us who have been looking after her."

We're all self-conscious about something, and it doesn't help when our faults get thrown in our faces. You don't want doctors hinting that something is "weird down there," nor do you want someone to tell you you're balding. WE KNOW.

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When you know your kids backwards and forwards, this is the best tool in your arsenal.

Getting our kids to listen to us is not always the easiest of tasks. They're willful and stubborn, but we've got a mighty weapon they are rarely prepared for: reverse psychology. Getting them to convince themselves to want to do something against their own initial intentions takes some work and a whole lot of creativity, but a little sneaky manipulation goes a long way. Here are some clever parents' tricks that are definitely worth taking notes on.

Redditor u/LeanderD Asks:

Parents of reddit, what's your best example of reversed psychology on your kids that actually worked?

He Floated His Idea Through A Back Channel

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Wanted to name my boat. Anything I would think of was dismissed as stupid by my 13 year old son. After deciding on a name, I confided to a male friend my son liked. Made my friend suggest the name as though it was his idea. My son thought the name was perfect. Done.

calypsodweller

We Always Want What We Can't Have

One of my best friends through childhood used to be punished with no salad if she misbehaved. She cherishes salad now and would always try to eat as much as possible during school lunch. Coincidentally, her now husband used to be punished with no books, it had the same effect. I think it's hilarious that they'd be hitting the salad bar and library like some black market their narc parents couldn't reach hahaha.

cookiearthquake

A Deceit That's A Cut Above The Rest

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Don't know if this counts, but, at my high school (private, boys only) in the 1960's, they made a big deal about how long your hair was, and would occasionally order a boy to go home and "get a haircut".

I thought it was stupid, until years later, a master confided to me at a reunion that the policy was deliberate. The school figured we'd spend so much energy rebelling about hair length, that we would ignore other aspects of teenage rebellion. (Not?) Surprisingly, they were mostly right.

FrankDrakman

Damn! That's smart. Wow.

fangxx456

Oh they don't like long hair?

I'll show them. I'll grow my hair out as lon- what?! No I don't want to go "party"? I gotta try out this horse shampoo.

DankeyKang11

The Forbidden Book

Hi I was a victim,

There was a forbidden book that I was not allow to read on the shelf. My parents said I could only read it if I behave myself.

It was summer holidays and I was playing games all day (after 6 hrs of summer homework). One day I was home alone and had the opportunity to grabbed it. I read like half of it in one go. It was 5000 years of Chinese history.

Safe to say I was bamboozled.

oddstodd

Flowers Of The Queen

My parents always told me my broccoli were the flowers of the queen and that I really shouldn't eat them, or else the queen would get very upset! I, of course, ate the whole broccoli in a few seconds.

Subwoofy

I'm telling the queen and she's gonna be pissed

draculacletus

Sleeping Beauty

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I taught my kids when they were toddlers that no amount of yelling, shaking or hitting can wake a sleeping adult. The only thing that works is a gentle hug and/or a nice kiss on the cheek.

Edit: Probably needed some more details for the reverse psychology aspect to be clear. It went something like this - Step one, tell the kids I'm going to sleep and nothing they do will wake me (head buried face down is the safest position). Step two, after the initial onslaught dies down pretend to awaken on your own. Tell them you got a bit of nap left in you and nothing can wake you, especially not hugs and kisses.

DrMethusael

Holy sh*t...if my daughter woke me up like this I would buy her a pony.

All-Seeing_Elon

I am saving this comment because this will save lives if I ever have kids, stg.

smerter

A Walk In Someone Else's Shoes.

Split custody with my ex. When my son was around 10, he visited two weekends a month. I was waiting tables and didn't have a huge amount to spend, but he was so needy from divorce (and I'm not blaming him, it was ugly), he begged constantly for MORE when he was with me. Whatever more was, it didn't matter... he'd be eating ice cream cone and begging for teriyaki.

I finally realized that he just felt empty, and getting MORE whatever from me wasn't filling him up. His next visit I handed him $100 in cash and told him it was our food/fun budget for 3 days and two nights, and he was in charge of it. I bought him his own wallet to carry. We figured out how many times we were going to eat and what we were going to do, and he paid. He got to keep whatever money he had left...thought he was rich...then realized just how much everything cost. Well. Shoe on other foot then. If we had no money for food, we ate leftovers - and I didn't contribute more to pot. After a few weekends of running short or not getting something he actually wanted because he was foolish with funds, he started to really think about how to spend that money. He budgeted and kept to his budget. And a few times he actually went home with a little cash for his private stash.

Many years later, he thanked me for this. It really changed the way he thought about money and love.

Augumenti

This Is Worth Giving A Shot

Took my 3 year old son to one of those doctor's visits where he was going to get a shot. He was worried about the shot on the whole drive over, almost to the point of tears. We get to the doctor's office and a nurse subtly lets me know that my son is not just scheduled for 1 shot, but 5 of them in the same visit.

I turn to my son with an exaggerated smile and tell him, "Good news! They figured out how to take that one big shot you were going to get and instead break it up into these 5 little tiny shots so it won't hurt nearly as much!"

You could see the relief wash over his face. He stopped squirming and relaxed completely. He took the first shot and even smiled and said "It's true! The small ones don't hurt!"

We actually made it through the third shot before the effect wore off and reality kicked in. Still... I counted it as a victory.

blackbird77

Put This To The Taste

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My mom would tell me she only lets me eat soup after candy and she'd only buy me candy that i didn't like. After a few times, i stopped trying and begged her to let me eat soup first. She gave me a smirk and told me go ahead. This doesn't sound as evil as it was. But trust me i suffered.

turkeypr0

So what was the candy?

Poster_Main

Mint chocolate, raisins, stuff like that. I still hate them to this day. Who the f--- thought while eating chocolate "hmm id like some tooth paste with this."

turkeypr0

This is Truckin' Awesome

Mum had sworn a bit around the house.

When 4, while out at the supermarket, I said F word really loudly.

Very quickly and intently, she asked if I had just said "Truck" and said that was a bad word and not to ever say Truck like that again.

I thought that was the bad word so used that when being naughty.

GodOfTheThunder

The "Silly Mom" Routine

The "Silly Mom" routine.

My kid, and a few other kids I've known, would balk at getting ready to go. I'd grab their clothes and say, "Well, if you won't put on your clothes, I guess I'll put on your clothes. Cute shirt, by the way! Does it go on my foot?"

NO!

"Does it go on my head?"

NO! IT GOES ON ME!

"Oh, that's right, thanks! So, it must go on your legs, right?"

NO!

"I just can't figure this out! Where does this adorable shirt go?"

[kid grabs shirt and puts it on] ON MY TUMMY! SILLY MOM!

"Oh, thank you so much! Now what about these pants? Shirts go on tummies, so...the pants go on the tummy, too, right?"

NO!

[continue until kids have dressed themselves]

I would also do things like hand the kid my keys and say, "Alright, you're driving, I'll sit in the booster seat in back," attempt to feed the kid by putting a spoon up to his ear or his belly button, and attempt to put away his toys in the refrigerator.

insertcaffeine

Some Foot For Thought.

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My mum would always yell at us "if you don't do X, you have to go to bed without socks!"

I never wore socks anyway, and I'm ashamed to admit that this worked.

Splittsky

That would work really well on my son, or make him cry for a really long time... He's 3 and over the last few weeks has decided that he is fully unable to sleep without socks on.

PJQueen

Toddlers man. Completely unpredictable.

SheaRVA

I'm Greens With Envy

My mum had a friend that would put vegetables on her own plate and not the kids.

When the kids asked she would be reluctant to share, "that's grown up food. But I suppose I can let you have a little."

Her kids grew up loving vegetables.

I sat at the dinner table for 3 hours staring at the yucky cauliflower I refused to eat.

laik72

This reminds me of an instance when my child convinced my wife and myself to change our plans for dinner. We were in a grocery store to pick up something quick and easy to eat that we wouldn't have to prepare. Our daughter, wanted none of that, she demanded that she wanted a salad from the salad bar. We started to argue back, but then realized: "Our child demands that we feed her vegetables for dinner instead of a microwaved meal, why are we saying 'No?'"

We had salad for dinner that night.

Galaxy_Ranger_Bob

The Power Of Choice

I don't so much know if you would call it reverse psychology, but I didn't realize it until my dad told me this.

When there were chores that needed doing, he noticed if he asked me to mow the lawn, I would complain and procrastinate. But if he asked would I rather mow the lawn or wash the windows, I'd pick one and just get it done.

Shattered my brain when he told me when I was in my twenties. I use it when I'm coaching or baby sitting all the time and it almost never fails.

AppealToReason16

The Boy Who Cried 'Ouch'

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I've done this one with tens of kids. Any time a kid gets "hurt" (falls down on grass, gets gently hit in the face with a ball, etc.) instead of stopping the activity to pick the kid up and see if they're ok you just scoot them off to the side and resume. Within 10 seconds of not getting all the attention and seeing the fun is resuming they pop right back up and are magically healed.

This of course is only for the "injuries" that aren't actually injuries.

pedanticProgramer

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