"During my diagnosis I missed out on a year of school which was the year of my GCSE’s. I ended up losing a couple of friends as they couldn’t deal with me being ill. I lost a lot of confidence, especially after I lost my hair and my eyebrows. Even though I had a wig, it didn’t feel right at all.
What made me sign up for the Activity Stay was hearing from other teens about how good it made them feel and how I should definitely try it as soon as I turned 18. Before the Activity Stay, I was skeptical about the experience because everyone who had been on it kept saying how amazing it was, and I didn’t know whether to believe them or not. I was also excited to meet new people and make new friends.
During the stay I was so happy that I decided to come. I loved meeting everyone and it was definitely beyond my expectations. I really enjoyed it. Everyone was so lovely and supportive of each other throughout the entire week.
My favourite part of the Activity Stay was definitely the rock climbing; it made me push myself out of my comfort zone and it also forced me to break through a mental block which would have stopped me from pushing myself.
I definitely would recommend the Activity Stay even if it’s just to meet people. In school I probably wouldn’t talk to half the people at the Activity Stay but I’m glad I had the opportunity to meet the friends I did. By the end of the week we all felt like a big family and it was really nice."
- Cassie, 19, diagnosed with Hodgkin's Lymphoma
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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.