Meet Sarah, 11, Osteosarcoma

Meet Sarah, 11, Osteosarcoma

I was diagnosed with Osteosarcoma at the age of 11. I was just finishing Primary School and had to miss all my exams as well as most of my first year at secondary school.


My diagnosis really affected me as I missed some of the most crucial parts of school and friendships. While everyone was making new friends in the new school, I could not go to lessons in case I caught an infection or needed help. I was really lonely, and no one really understood me.
 
The biggest struggle I've had to overcome since diagnosis is walking again. I completely forgot how to walk and had to retrain myself. Before I was diagnosed, I was close to both playing and swimming for my country but because of my operation I was unable to walk and was put in a wheelchair and still to this day, I cannot run. People take walking and running for granted and even running for the bus is something I'd love to be able to do again.
 
I have been in remission for almost 11 years now.
 
Teens Unite have helped so much! I have made so many friends that I can call family who truly understand me. They check up on me when they know I am not doing too well and always manage to put a smile on my face. When I am at my lowest, Teens Unite constantly manage to make things better even when I thought they couldn’t. The staff and volunteers never fail to amaze me.
 
Being asked to host the Teens Unite Strictly Dancing ball has made my year. I danced in the ball last year with an amazing partner and I had the best time. I love a chance to shine so this is amazing. To be hosting it with Mikhaila, one of my best friends who introduced me to Teens Unite, makes it extra special for me!

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