“It means so much to know that this organisation was set up especially to help seriously ill teenagers, enabling us to experience positive and exciting things. ”
  • Amy’s Story

    My name is Amy, on the 28 January 2009 I was diagnosed with Acute Lymphoblastic Leukaemia. The first two months of my treatment was a very full on period of time; I was having chemotherapy injected into the bottom of my spine once a week, along with steroids and other chemotherapy drugs. Everything seemed to…

  • Debi’s Story

    My name is Debi and on Halloween of 2013 I was diagnosed with b-cell lymphoblastic lymphoma at aged 20, primarily of the breast but it had gotten to stage IV at this point. I’ve had two years of the roughest treatments you could possibly imagine including a mismatched unrelated allogenic stem cell transplant. Unfortunately as of…

  • Liz’s Story

    Hi, my name is Liz and I was diagnosed with breast cancer last November at the age of 21. I had found a lump in my breast a few weeks earlier and had been given a fast referral to the breast unit at Southend Hospital. They did a biopsy and 7 days later I was…

  • Emily’s Story

    My name is Emily. I’m currently 21 years old and in 2012, I had horrible news given to me. It was the start on my final year of A levels in September 2011. I was 18, struggling with typical teenage problems along with stress from my studies. However, I began to change.. And this wasn’t…

  • Callan’s Story

    My name is Callan Glass, I am a young adult. Just recently turned 20 years old. I grew up in South Africa, Cape Town till the age of 17. I then went to an aviation boarding school for my last two years of high school. Just before qualifying from school I got my fixed wing…

  • Sam’s Story

    Hey my name is Sam and I beat cancer! Because of where the brain tumour was in the brain, it gave me symptoms which helped me to find out that I had something wrong. I was at college finishing part of my coursework for the course I was doing on the computer, I was staring…

  • Leanne’s Story

    Teen Leanne shares her story via her first you tube video. “Hello, my name is Leanne Cresswell. I’m just your typical 18 year old living in the beautiful city of London. On the 5th November 2014, I was diagnosed with Leukaemia (ALL) and am currently undergoing 6 months of intensive chemo. Overall the treatment is…

  • Sadie’s Story

    Sadie’s video (click photo to play):   Sadie’s Story (May 2014) Hi everyone, I’m Sadie and I’m 23 years old. In September 2013 I was told I had stage four Ovarian Cancer.  I’m not sure if any of you know but Ovarian Cancer is usually caught in the later stages, by which point the prognosis…

  • Emma’s Story

    My name is Emma Gibbons, I am 20 years old and live in Essex with my Mum and two sisters. At 18 years old I decided to take a gap year in between school and university. In this time away from education I worked as an intern at various places in London. I had never…

  • Ben and Kenny’s Story

    Two teens we support, Ben and Kenny, shared their story at our recent Twisted Tale fundraiser.   Kenny: After being involved with the charity for about 6 months, I received a phone call from Teens Unite asking me to go on a trip of a life time to Chamonix. At first I wasn’t too sure…

  • Matt’s Story

    My Name is Matt, I am 20 years old and on the 25th July 2013, aged 19, I was diagnosed with cancer. My life before cancer was pretty relaxed. I live in a tiny town called Wadebridge, in North Cornwall, where not much goes on, but everyone still knows your business. Everything is pretty simple…

  • Savoula’s Story

    My name is Savoula Neofitou, I’m 20 years old. My experience of battling cancer started off with a fall I had whilst I was in primary school playing on the apparatus. I hit my back on the edge of the slide, screaming in pain! I remember my face going red and loosing my breath. My back was still hurting…

  • Aaron’s Story

    Aaron was first diagnosed with a Cranio Pharyngiama brain tumour in 1999 at the young age of five. His condition was initially misdiagnosed by doctors when he was just a toddler at three years old. Once his condition was confirmed, Aaron had his first operation to remove the tumours in 1999 and he started radiotherapy…

  • Brian’s Story

    Please watch the video below to hear my story and how Teens Unite helped me in my fight against cancer.  

  • Rachel’s Story

    I was diagnosed 10 years ago with 2 malignant brain tumours after 5yrs of misdiagnosis, backwards and forwards to the Dr’s being fobbed off with growing pains, going through phases, in your head, etc. Eventually, was diagnosed and was straight into treatment. They said initially they weren’t sure what they’d be able to do for…

  • Olivia’s Story

    I am 22 years old now but was 18 when I was diagnosed with a form of Leukaemia called MDS (Myelodysplastic syndrome), which briefly summarised is: your bone marrow not making enough healthy red blood cells, white blood cells and/or platelets. Instead, it makes abnormal cells that are not fully developed. This was in late 2010. I was treated…

  • Alex’s Story

    Name: Alex Barton Age: 16 Diagnosis: Brain tumour (pilocytic astrocytoma) on the top of the brain stem that couldn’t be operated on Can you tell us a little about how you found out you had cancer: Just over a year and a half ago I started to notice that things were going wrong with everyday activities,…

  • Kirushni’s Story

    Hello! My name is Kirushni and I am 17 years old. In May 2010 when I was 12, both my family’s lives and mine turned upside down as I was diagnosed with anapaestic large cell lymphoma- a rare type of cancer of the lymphoid tissue. Never in a million years did I think I would…

  • Gemma’s Story

    At the end of an 18 month trip travelling, I was crossing the road in Cambodia when my left leg suddenly gave way. Luckily my friend was there to help me get out of the way of the traffic, otherwise things could have become serious more quickly. Six months later after having seen various doctors…

  • Zoe’s Story

    Hi my name is Zoë, I’m 16 years old and I’m from a small village called Codicote in Hertfordshire. I was in year 11 at school doing my GCSEs when I was diagnosed with an extremely rare form of ovarian cancer. I started noticing the multiple symptoms of it months before the diagnosis but because…

  • Elliot’s Story

    Hello! My name is Elliot Deady, I’m 16 and I’m from Essex.   Teens Unite came in to my life about 4 years ago when I was having a bone marrow transplant for a rare blood disorder called aplastic anaemia – which is similar to leukaemia. My first teens day was one of their Christmas…

  • Freya’s Story

    My name is Freya, I am 20 years old and I was diagnosed with Hodgkins Lymphoma aged 18. Before I was diagnosed I was like any other 18 year old, studying hard at college for my A-Levels and working part time as a lifeguard. I was physically fit, always swimming, running, playing netball and going…

  • Katharina’s Story

    I was 15 years old and I was living in Austria when I initially noticed the cancer symptom. I noticed a sharp pain in my hip and pelvic. I had a slightly higher body temperature. I thought it was only hurting because I was an active person and doing a lot of swimming, jogging, cycling…

  • Kiran’s Story

    My name is Kiran, in May 2011 I got diagnosed with Acute Lymbhoblatic Leukamia (ALL), I was 23 years old. I had just finished my first year working in an IT support role when I started to feel quite unwell. It was like Flu, and despite trying to work through it I was unable to…

  • Nilani’s Story

    Just over two years ago, I was diagnosed with Neuroblastoma, a tumour of the adrenal glands. I already felt quite alone because I was completely unaware of how many young people were affected by cancer and I didn’t know anyone close who had suffered from the illness. Then, I was told that my type of…

  • Ellie’s Story

    My name is Ellie Harris and i am 18 years old. Teens Unite have been a big part of my life for a very long time partly because they are are local but mostly because they do such incredible work. I have battled through Ewings Sarcoma twice as a teenager and relyed heavily on the…

  • Aaron’s Story

    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…

  • Tiff’s Story

    I was diagnosed with an ovarian germ cell tumor when I was just seventeen. It took 11 doctor’s visits with all numerous sorts to advice given from “it’s just growing pains” and “you are imagining the symptoms”. When I was eventually treated it was in an adult ward which felt quiet lonely as everyone was…

  • Temeka’s Story

    In 2009 I was diagnosed with a rare form of cancer. This cancer was known as “female teratoma,” and it meant that I basically had testicular cancer in the ovary. I got the cancer from my dad. It skipped a generation and was passed down to me from my grandmother, who passed away in 1989,…

  • Lesley’s Story

    It was September 2009; I had completed two years of university, and just started a placement year working in a laboratory, when I started feeling extra tired. I had been itching since the Easter holidays, but my doctor said it must just be allergies. I was awake most nights for a few hours scratching away…

  • Laura’s Story

    When I was 18 and only 8 weeks into my first term at University I started to become very unwell with a chesty cough, I was getting more and more breathless and my Uni bedsheets were drenched in sweat every night. I lost about 2 stone in that amount of time but every symptom I…

  • Kieran’s Story

    Two years and two weeks ago, aged 14, I was diagnosed with Stage 3 Osteosarcoma which is cancer of my left femur. I then had 10 weeks of chemo, before my operation which was followed by a further 20 weeks of chemo. This was a daunting thought after the hideous first round. Although I may…

  • Kenny’s Story

    Hi my name is Kenny, I am 20 and live in London. When I was 17 I was diagnosed with Hodgkin’s lymphoma stage 4B. My first symptoms were night sweats, weight loss and I was tired all the time. But I made excuses for all of them because I think I was in a bit…

  • Kalie’s Story

    It was November 2011, I was working full time, never experienced headaches or migraines before but I was being signed off work due to severe headaches and stress. Over the next week and a half and went to the hospital twice and they said there was nothing wrong with me. After this time it was…

  • Elliot’s Story

    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…

  • Da-Sheena’s Story

    Hi, I’m Da-Sheena Fulford and I have Immune Cytopenia. It all started the summer of 2008 when I lost about 40 pounds. My peers began to bully me, which lowered my confidence and self-esteem. April 2011 (at age 16), I had my first and terrible nose bleed and found out that my platelet count was…

  • Becky’s Story

    When I was 8 years old I was diagnosed with a benign brain tumour. After going for a routine eye test the doctors could see something behind my left eye so I was sent to Kings College hospital in London where I was diagnosed with a benign brain tumour. After the last operation I could…

  • Arnie’s Story

    Hello there my name is Arnie Higgs, I was a keen sports man, and I lived for my sports. I was a goal keeper for my school and Sunday league team, captain of a cross country team; I was also a part of every school sports team from basketball, rugby, tennis, track and field and…

  • Amy’s Story

    My name is Amy, on the 28 January 2009 I was diagnosed with Acute Lymphoblastic Leukaemia (ALL). The first two months of my treatment was a very full on period of time; I was having chemotherapy injected into the bottom of my spine once a week, along with steroids and other chemotherapy drugs. Everything seemed…

  • Ben’s Story

    I first met everybody at Teens Unite just after I was diagnosed with leukaemia about three years ago, and in that space of time the relationship and experiences I’ve had with everyone here have been incredible. From going to exclusive gigs, a fair few Arsenal matches and one very memorable helicopter ride, I began to…

  • Chris’ Story

    At 19 years old Chris was unable to have what would be considered a normal teenage lifestyle, due to troubling family circumstances Chris was no longer able to live with his family and found himself homeless. Despite his desperate situation Chris’s sole concern were his two younger brothers whom he had left behind. With his…