When I was diagnosed with Aplastic Anaemia in 2009 it was hard for everyone to come to terms with – within days I’d gone from laughing with my friends at school to lying in an operating theatre, having scans and tests and meeting consultant after consultant.
In 2009, halfway through my first year of secondary school I was taken ill and was admitted to my local hospital who, the next day, sent me in an ambulance to a hospital an hour away known for it’s cancer research – that’s when we knew something was wrong.
Two days after being admitted I was diagnosed and a few months later started my first course of treatment which unfortunately was unsuccessful and in July 2010, by which time I was receiving up to 9 blood transfusions per week, I was admitted to University College Hospital, London to receive a bone marrow transplant.
It’s a scary time and in my personal experience, I felt isolated and different to everyone else but Teens Unite changed that. Teens Unite have been there from my diagnosis and still are part of my life – through their wonderful events and days out I’ve got to meet other teenagers facing similar challenges to myself which have supported me emotionally and have taught me that there are other people facing similar challenges to myself. My favourite Teens Unite event has got to be my VIP experience at The X Factor tour and I’ve also been on some brilliant days out in London including a tour of Capital Radio!
I will never be able to thank Teens Unite enough for what they’ve done for me and I’m planning on running a half marathon for them in 2014!