Monday 5th June 2017
"I am from a remote town in Cornwall, no one in my immediate family drives and transport links are poor. I have experienced many of the difficulties that arise when attempting to gain access to the fantastic support that the Teenage Cancer Trust can provide.
However, during my treatment I was given the opportunity to migrate from a normal adult ward in Derifford hospital to a specialist TYA one in Bristol. Immediately I noticed the difference. The first thing I came to realise was that the care I was given seemed to focus around my needs as an individual. I could say I did not want somebody waking me up early in the morning to change my jug of water or to ask me what I wanted for breakfast, after a night of constant chemotherapy.
My friends and girlfriend could visit me for longer and stay later. There was a large communal area, a kitchen and a games room. Activities were offered on a regular basis. Emotional support was there whenever it was wanted or needed. It felt like everything that could be done to normalise this abnormal situation was.
An increase in funding for the specialist nurses, specially designed treatment centres and the support groups are vital to the Teenage Cancer Trust if it wants to expand its reach and availability. Not just to people like me who have a somewhat restricted access to these services, but more importantly to those young people who do not have the ability to reach any of these fantastic services at all. Cancer does not discriminate, so neither should the funding from this country’s future government."