Meet Jess, diagnosed with Acute Myeloid Leukaemia, aged 20

Meet Jess, diagnosed with Acute Myeloid Leukaemia, aged 20

Turning negative circumstances into positive memories sums up Teens Unite.  

Once being diagnosed with cancer, I had no idea what was on the other side: a charity dedicated to not just uniting teens with something in common, but to create friendships which last forever.  

Being diagnosed with Acute Myeloid Leukaemia meant I was isolated throughout my treatment. Visitors had to anti-bac their hands before entering and if I left my room, I needed to wear the horrible masks to cover my mouth and nose. But after receiving four rounds of chemotherapy lasting six months, I was unleashed back into the world of fresh air, people and germs. 

Teens Unite visited me in hospital and treated me to a manicure and pizza. Five months later I attended my first event to see Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, where guess what, we had more pizza. This led to the best week of my life, where I attended the Activity Stay. I found a new family with 20 other young people in the same situation as me and we still talk every day almost a year on.

Teens Unite isn't just a charity to me, it was the beginning of restarting my life.

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