My name is Aaron Maddox and I am nearly sixteen years old, I live in West London and I am now a disability swimmer.
I was diagnosed on the 4th of March 2011 with Osteosarcoma of the right proximal humerus (bone cancer). This followed a nine month rigorous plan of chemotherapy and an operation that removed the cancerous bone from my right upper arm, which then was replaced by a prosthetic 15cm titanium rod.
Throughout my treatment I lost friends from the ward I also made new friends, all these friends have shaped me as a whole new person.
To this day and that you are reading this passage I believe I walked into that meeting room at Stanmore Orthopaedic hospital a boy being told I had a life threatening illness and then walking out of that same room ten months later a man.
I am coming up to two years in remission, the day i finished my chemotherapy at UCLH, I thought I am going to live life for every single person that has lost theirs to cancer.
I have been very fortunate as there have been many charities who have been a great source of help and support to me and my family. One being Teens Unite for many reasons but in particular because I missed most of year 10 at school as I was too sick, I could not take as many exams as my friends which is a worry for my future.
Teens Unite arranged for me to do a day’s work experience and shadow a security firm at their local Sainsbury’s, it was good fun. I can now put that on my CV which will help people to see I am not a lazy academic teenager but someone who is serious about their future. All the staff at Teens Unite are really kind.
As I am now disabled due to the operation that removed the bone from my arm which has left me in the position of not being able to raise or elevate my arm…. But through this I have found a perk, I can now compete nationally and I hope internationally as A British disabled swimmer.
Further more on the 31st of August 2013 I am swimming for Teens Unite and two other charities in the Great London Swim in Victoria Dock, which consists of swimming a mile in the river Thames, and yes I am doing it with one arm.