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I started chemotherapy on Christmas Eve 

Maxim spent last Christmas on a cancer unit, undergoing treatment for non-Hodgkin lymphoma. He tells his story of how Teenage Cancer Trust staff were there to support him throughout his treatment.

non–Hodgkin lymphoma

Living with disability after cancer 

For most of her teenage years, Eilidh received treatment for acute lymphoblastic leukaemia followed by thyroid cancer. Now a wheelchair user, she talks body-positivity, social attitudes, and breaking stigmas around disability.

Acute lymphoblastic leukaemia (ALL)

'A lot of young men my age don’t like talking about mental health’ 

Sam Leeming, a rugby union player, was diagnosed with non-Hodgkin lymphoma at the age of 22. He received psychological support during and after treatment, which helped him cope with the mental health impact of cancer

non–Hodgkin lymphoma

Why I shaved my hair off during cancer treatment  

Jake was diagnosed with acute myeloid leukaemia aged 13. He finished treatment in August 2016 and has since written a book about his experience. In this extract, he shares how losing his hair during chemo affected him, and some tips on coping with hair loss. 

Acute myeloid leukaemia (AML)

I never realised early menopause could cause so many health issues 

Caitlin was 17 when she was diagnosed with acute myeloid leukaemia. The treatment left her unable to have children and she went into early menopause.

Acute myeloid leukaemia (AML)

I didn’t just want to be the girl who’d had cancer 

Gloria was diagnosed with cancer ten years ago. She looks back on her struggles with her cultural identity, mental health and celebrating her ‘cancerversary.’

Acute myeloid leukaemia (AML)

Friends are essential to your sanity during cancer 

Jake was diagnosed with a malignant brain tumour in 2019. He was treated during the coronavirus pandemic and was supported by Teenage Cancer Trust.

brain tumours

Virtual FYSOT almost felt like we were sat together in person 

Darcy was diagnosed with skin cancer at 21. She became a pioneer by attending our first-ever virtual Find Your Sense of Tumour in 2020.

skin cancer

When I got my cancer diagnosis, I was almost relieved 

School does not hold happy memories for Joe, who struggled to make friends and started skipping lessons. But everything changed when he was diagnosed with a rare form of leukaemia - and he met Claire, a Teenage Cancer Trust Clinical Nurse Specialist.

Chronic myeloid leukaemia (CML)

I barely left my daughter's side for 180 days 

Geraint’s daughter Cerys was diagnosed with an aggressive bone cancer three years ago. She was treated on the Teenage Cancer Trust unit on the Birmingham Children's Hospital. Geraint is sharing his story this Father’s Day to help people understand how Teenage Cancer Trust is helping support parents like him

bone cancer