Teen Stories

Meet Eilish, diagnosed with Hodgkin's Lymphoma, aged 15

Before my diagnosis, I was living a pretty normal life. I was studying for my GCSE’s and enjoyed spending time with my friends and family.   I was 15 when I first noticed...

Meet Clare, diagnosed with a brain tumour, aged 15

I’m Clare and I was diagnosed with a brain tumour at the age of 15.    I love my tattoos and piercings and I’ve just had an arm piece done to celebrate five years with...

Meet Ciara, diagnosed with Acute Myeloid Leukaemia, aged 17

Hello, my name is Ciara and in April 2016 I was a normal 17-year-old, studying hard for my AS levels. My real passion was rowing. I took part in high level competitive races and...

Meet Crystal, diagnosed with Osteosarcoma, aged 18

Hi, I’m Crystal. Four years ago, I was diagnosed with osteosarcoma in my upper jaw. Here’s my story. I loved to act – I was an energetic, fearless and confident performer....

Meet Simona, diagnosed with Hodgkin's Lymphoma, aged 22

My name is Simona, but my friends call me Sim Sim.  I’m originally from Bulgaria. I moved to North London with my family in 2012, where I was living the life of a ‘normal’...

Kai's Story - The Next Chapter

At the age of 11, I was diagnosed with a rare brain tumour. Hospital became my second home. I endured two weeks of chemotherapy and six weeks of radiotherapy. I felt fatigued. I lost...

Meet Zoe, diagnosed with Acute Myeloid Leukaemia, aged 20

Hi my name is Zoe, I’m 22 and I was diagnosed with Acute Myeloid Leukaemia four months before my 21st birthday. I was working with Qatar Airways at the time and was just starting...

Meet Hiral, diagnosed with Acute Lymphoblastic Leukaemia, aged 21

My name is Hiral. I am 23 years old. At the age of 21, I was diagnosed with Acute Lymphoblastic Leukaemia. I was working in a nursery when I was diagnosed with Leukaemia. I was extremely...

Meet Kenny, diagnosed with Hodgkin's Lymphoma, aged 17

Hi.  I’m Kenny. At the age of 17 I was diagnosed with Hodgkin’s Lymphoma.     It all began when a massive lump appeared on my neck. I lost a lot of weight and started having...

Meet Leana, diagnosed with a brain tumour, aged 17

My name is Leana and I’m 23 years old. I was diagnosed with a brain tumour in the Autumn of 2013, nine days before my 18th birthday. I had just been given the main role in my Sixth...

Meet Mikhaila, diagnosed with Malignant Melanoma, aged 19

  I was 19 years old and had just started year 13, my final year of A levels, when I was diagnosed with Malignant Melanoma. My diagnosis changed everything - every single aspect...

Meet James, diagnosed with Testicular Cancer, aged 19

I was 19 years old and just about to start revision for my first year exams at University when I was diagnosed with Stage One Testicular Cancer. I had a meeting with the Head of...

Meet Sarah, diagnosed with Osteosarcoma, aged 11

My name is Sarah and I was diagnosed with Osteosarcoma at the age of 11. I missed my last year of primary school and the majority of my first year of secondary school, which meant I...

Meet Lauren, diagnosed with Glioblastoma Brain Tumour, aged 21

"I was diagnosed with a Glioblastoma Brain Tumour when I was 21, after I had surgery in November 2016. I had known the tumour was there since 2008, but at that time it didn’t seem...

Meet Rebecca, diagnosed with Chondrosarcoma, aged 17

When I was first diagnosed with Chondrosarcoma, I was 17 and in the middle of my A levels. I had lots of hospital appointments and ended up having to put my life on hold, have an extra...

Meet Tiff, diagnosed with Ovarian Germ Cell Tumour, aged 17

I was 17 years old when I was diagnosed with an Ovarian Germ Cell Tumour.   I was playing for Chelsea and also at college studying sports when I was diagnosed. Being diagnosed took...

Meet Zoe, diagnosed with Ovarian Cancer, aged 15

Just over 6 years ago I embarked on what turned out to be the most difficult journey of my life. I was just 15 years old when I was rushed into hospital with a severe bloating, incontinence...

Meet James, diagnosed with a brain tumour, aged 16

I was sixteen and a half years old when I was told I had a brain tumour. I lived a fairly “normal” life; spending time with friends, family and enjoying being a teenager. I enjoyed...

Meet Beth, diagnosed with Hodgkin's Lymphoma, aged 17

"Hi, my name is Beth. I am 21 years old, and was diagnosed with Hodgkins Lymphoma stage 2A at 17 years of age. At this time, I was in the midst of my A Levels, working hard, desperate...

Meet Alayna, diagnosed with Ewing's Sarcoma, aged 10

I was 10 years old when I was first diagnosed with Ewing’s Sarcoma on my pelvis. I had chemotherapy and radiotherapy, but at the age of 15 I relapsed with Ewing’s Sarcoma again...

Meet Vikaila, diagnosed with Brain Cancer, aged 23

"I was 23 years old when my world got turned upside down. I was diagnosed with Stage 3 Brain Cancer. My treatment plan consisted of 2 brain surgeries, radiotherapy and chemotherapy...

Meet Rachel, diagnosed Malignant Peripheral Nerve Sheath Tumour, aged 22

I was diagnosed with Malignant Peripheral Nerve Sheath Tumour in August 2014 just before I was about to start my final year at University, at the age of 22. Just hearing the word...

Meet Tyler, diagnosed with Acute Myeloid Leukaemia, aged 18

It was on February 5th when I was diagnosed with Acute Myeloid Leukaemia, which is an aggressive cancer of the blood. “Cancer” - that was the only word that I could take in,...

Meet Kirushni, diagnosed with Squamous Cell Carcinoma, aged 12

Meet Kirushni. Over the past few months, Kirushni has been documenting her journey as she battles cancer for a third time. She found Teens Unite a number of years ago, when she was...

Meet Amanda, diagnosed with Hypoplastic MDS, Severe Aplastic Anaemia, aged 20

I had just finished my 2nd year of university when I was diagnosed with Hypoplastic MDS/ Severe Aplastic Anaemia. I am currently being weaned off the medication that has been keeping...

Meet Yassine, diagnosed with Hodgkin's Lymphoma, aged 21

My name is Yassine, I am 24 years old and I am proud to say I am a cancer survivor!   I have gone through ups and downs and I almost gave up, but fortunately I had the strength...

Meet Brandon, diagnosed with Acute Lymphoblastic Leukaemia, aged 17

"I was diagnosed with Acute Lymphoblastic Leukaemia in May 2017, just after finishing my first year of college at the age of 17. I had to drop everything I was doing due to prolonged...

Meet Abby, diagnosed with Non-Hodgkin's Lymphoma, aged 12

“I was 12 years old the first time I was diagnosed with non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma and 13 when I relapsed. When I was diagnosed, I had just finished Year 7 at school and it was...

Meet Elise, diagnosed with a brain tumour, aged 11

My name is Elise and I am 15 years old. I was 11 when I was diagnosed with a brain tumour called a Medulloblastoma.  My balance was all over the place and I woke up every day...

Meet Katie, diagnosed with Acute Myeloid Leukaemia, aged 18

I was diagnosed with acute myeloid leukaemia, just after turning eighteen. At that time I was in my final year of school, doing my A levels and finalising my university choices for...

Meet Jeremy, diagnosed with Hodgkins Lymphoma, aged 17

On February 27th when I was 17 years old and in the middle of my mock A Level exams I was told those three words than no one wants to hear, that no one imagines they’re going to hear…...

Meet Derry, diagnosed with a brain tumour, aged 20

I was diagnosed with a brain tumour at the age of 20. At that time, I was 6 months into a Building and Plumbing Apprenticeship, I was ready to start my driving lessons and ready...

Meet Marcus, diagnosed with Hodgkin’s Lymphoma, aged 15

I was just 15 years old when I was diagnosed with cancer. Before my diagnosis I loved playing football and I was about to start my GCSE’s at school. I started to feel unwell, so...

Meet Jess, diagnosed with a brain tumour, aged 19

Back in 2013 in my first year at university I had just come back from my holiday and had been sent for an MRI scan because my GP thought I had epilepsy. The MRI scan soon revealed a...

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...

Meet Kai, diagnosed with a brain tumour, aged 19

Hello, I'm Kai, a 19 year old biomedical science student from South London. Roughly eight years ago, I started to get really painful headaches which would never go away and restricted...

Meet Azreen, diagnosed with Ewings Sarcoma, aged 19

My symptoms started during the start of Year 13. The entire academic year was spent in excruciating pain. I had a pain in my tailbone that progressively got worse from not being able...

Meet Zoe, diagnosed with Hodgkins Lymphoma, aged 17

I'm Zoe, aged 17. I was diagnosed with Stage 4 Hodgkin's Lymphoma earlier this year. I've now finished my treatment and waiting to have a scan. The side effects of treatment made...

Meet Harry, diagnosed with Testicular Cancer, aged 20

I was diagnosed with testicular cancer when I was 20 years old. I immediately thought my life had been given an expiry date, but thanks to surgery, chemotherapy and then further major...

Meet Chloe, diagnosed with Hodgkins Lymphoma, aged 14

My name is Chloe and I am now 18 years old. In August 2013, at the age of 14, I was diagnosed with stage 3a Hodgkin’s Lymphoma. Before my cancer diagnosis I was like many other 14...

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