lily Douglas is a Tayside youngster looking forward to 2018 more than most.
The 10-year-old was hit with the devastating news in April that she had a tumour in her shoulder and both lungs.
She was forced to cancel an audition with Scottish Ballet when doctors diagnosed her condition as stage four Ewing’s sarcoma.
Lily, a pupil at St John’s Academy in Perth, hasn’t let her condition stop her from dancing, though.
She has recently won a competition, been placed in others, and has qualified for the World and Six Nations Championships.
Lily has won numerous dance trophies and medals and is an integral part of the successful JGN Dance Attic.
And dancing is proving to be a perfect medicine as Lily bravely fights back from the blow of falling seriously ill.
She was determined to keep performing and triumphed in a solo dance category at the UDO Scottish Street Dance Championships in the summer, two days after her fourth round of chemotherapy.
“Lily recently had a shoulder blade removed but was again back dancing soon afterwards,” said her mother Jane.
“She is not letting her illness stop her from competing.
“We are a lot more optimistic as we approach 2018 and Lily is looking forward big style to the New Year.
“She’s done so well to battle back. Lily has been through so much, including undergoing chemotherapy at the Royal Hospital for Sick Children in Edinburgh.
“We thought this Christmas was one we would never see but we have spent the time going to pantomimes and parties.”
Lily even braved the extreme cold of a December night to perform several routines with her JGN Dance Attic pals at the switch on of the Christmas lights in Perth’s Craigie district, an event attended by hundreds of people.
“When Lily fell ill with her shoulder problem, we thought it was a dance injury,” Jane said.
“It was a sore lump on her shoulder. There were no other symptoms, no warnings of anything more sinister so it was a shock to learn just how bad her illness was.
“Since then, we have been put through the mill but Lily has remained brave and cheerful throughout. She has been an inspiration to us all.
“The doctors cannot believe how strong she is.
“She knows how ill she is and is disappointed about what she is missing. However, she has proved she is a fighter and she will continue fighting to become as well as she can.
“She was delighted to take part in the Craigie Christmas lights switch on. Now, hopefully, it is onwards and upwards.”