Being diagnosed with ALL at 17 was a complete shock. There’s was so much information surrounding the procedures I had to go through and all the medication I had to take, it was very overwhelming. Not to mention the physical and mental side effects of chemotherapy.
Young Lives vs Cancer assigned me a social worker, Marc, who helped to support me through these challenges. Marc would often visit me in hospital for a chat which genuinely really helped to break up the slow days. Alongside this he also made me aware of finances I had access to as a result of loosing my part time job due to illness, and put us in contact with other charities who could provide different types of support. Even when not stuck in hospital, Marc would phone me for a catch up and he even came to a very difficult consultant appointment with me and my mum. This support truly does help with the day to day life of a cancer patient more than I can explain.
When my treatment path changed and we had to relocate to Oxford for a month, Young Lives vs Cancer provided us with a ‘home away from home’ which made a massive difference to us and relieved much of the stress of having to live away from home for that amount of time.
Their support is invaluable to many young people battling cancer and I’m beyond happy that my school are fundraising for them.