Teens Unite’s young people bravely share their stories of derailment and disappointment, stories of isolation and loneliness, but also of determination, finding lifelong friends, how they found strength and built resilience, and how they returned from serious illness to have happy, fulfilled lives, facing the future with strength and determination.
We’d like to introduce you to Kai (who you may know from TV programs such as Good Morning Britain). At the age of 11, Kai was diagnosed with a rare brain tumour and hospital became home as he endured weeks and weeks of intensive treatments. He felt isolated and insecure, worrying about how cancer may impact his future.
But now hospital is home to Kai for a very different reason. After suffering a number of setbacks, and having to reconsider his plans, Kai is fulfilling his dreams of becoming a doctor - studying medicine at University in Aberdeen, receiving a Scholarship to help him. His natural empathy and his experiences make him a natural.
Kai says “I’ve got to this stage in my life with the support of Teens Unite. I’ve made friends with young people in a similar situation and listening to their stories have motivated me to never give up, even after facing rejection after rejection. The staff have always believed in me and encouraged me every step of the way. I’d think back to their words when I was travelling to the medical schools for interviews.
It was during a Teens Unite event that a motivational speaker said ‘cancer was one of the best things to happen in my life’. My battle with cancer, the journey I have been on and the support of Teens Unite has made me so passionate about becoming a doctor.
I’ll always thank Teens Unite for what they’ve done for me. When I graduate from medical school, I’ll do all I can to give back to them and the other young people they support.”
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Volunteering with Teens Unite has changed my personality and outlook on life. When I hear all the amazing things the teens say about Teens Unite, I can tell they mean every word.
Teens Unite isn't just a charity to me, it was the beginning of restarting my life.
When Elliot started receiving the support of Teens Unite, I could see a change in him straightaway. His outlook on life was becoming positive again and I gained strength from seeing my little boy accepting what had happened and starting to move forward.
I needed help and that's where Teens Unite came in. I believe that everything happens for a reason, and the reason I met Teens Unite was to save my life.
With Teens Unite, I finally realised that I could climb out of this massive hole that I had been digging because I wasn't alone anymore.
If it wasn't for Teens Unite, I wouldn't be where I am now. They have been really supportive and given me the strength to push myself and not give up.