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 surgery; I was given the all clear a gruelling year later.
I couldn’t wait to get back out there and live my life as normal, but once I did, it just wasn’t what I expected and I hit a deep depression for a very long time. I started seeing counsellors, cognitive behavioural therapists and medical staff, but nothing could get me out of my rut.
I found the realities of life so hard to cope with, especially with the burden of knowing how lucky I was to still be alive. I even felt like I was being ungrateful because I should’ve been relishing and enjoying the opportunity given to me. And with that mind-set it was just an ongoing battle with myself that I thought would spin me completely out of control one day.
I needed help and that’s where Teens Unite came in. I believe that everything happens for a reason, and the reason I met Teens Unite was to save my life. They organise life goals sessions to understand what we want to do in life and give us hope that we CAN live our lives the way we want.
I truly can’t thank Teens Unite enough for what they have done for me. I never thought I could accept and take a hold of my own life, but I did. If it wasn’t for them I wouldn’t be in the position I am now.
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Volunteering with Teens Unite has changed my personality and outlook on life. When I hear all the amazing things the teens say about Teens Unite, I can tell they mean every word.Nathan, 23, Volunteer
Teens Unite isn't just a charity to me, it was the beginning of restarting my life.Jess, 22, Teen, Acute Myeloid Leukaemia
When Elliot started receiving the support of Teens Unite, I could see a change in him straightaway. His outlook on life was becoming positive again and I gained strength from seeing my little boy accepting what had happened and starting to move forward.David, Parent to Elliot, 18, Non-Hodgkins Lymphoma
I needed help and that's where Teens Unite came in. I believe that everything happens for a reason, and the reason I met Teens Unite was to save my life.Harry, 20, Teen, Testicular Cancer
With Teens Unite, I finally realised that I could climb out of this massive hole that I had been digging because I wasn't alone anymore.Leanne, 21, Teen, Acute Lymphoblastic Leukaemia
If it wasn't for Teens Unite, I wouldn't be where I am now. They have been really supportive and given me the strength to push myself and not give up.Derry, 20, Teen, Brain Tumour
My wife inspired me to volunteer following her fight against cancer. I wanted to help others carry on living their lives the way she did. And that's exactly what Teens Unite does.John, 64, Volunteer