Meet Jess, 20, Acute Myeloid Leukaemia

Meet Jess, 20, Acute Myeloid Leukaemia

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 not just uniting teens with something in common, but to create friendships which last forever.  

Being diagnosed with Acute Myeloid Leukaemia meant I was isolated throughout my treatment. Visitors had to anti-bac their hands before entering and if I left my room, I needed to wear the horrible masks to cover my mouth and nose. But after receiving four rounds of chemotherapy lasting six months, I was unleashed back into the world of fresh air, people and germs. 

Teens Unite visited me in hospital and treated me to a manicure and pizza. Five months later I attended my first event to see Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, where guess what, we had more pizza. This led to the best week of my life, where I attended the Activity Stay. I found a new family with 20 other young people in the same situation as me and we still talk every day almost a year on.

Teens Unite isn't just a charity to me, it was the beginning of restarting my life.

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