Teenage Cancer Trust and Me
Teenage Cancer trust became a vital part of my life when I was undergoing cancer treatment. In 2009 I was diagnosed with osteosarcoma, a type of bone cancer. I was 13 years old. One of the first things I did was meet a Teenage Cancer Trust Nurse. They provide specialist support to both patients and families and I felt as though my nurse could really understand how I felt as a teenager with cancer. She was able to explain my treatments to me so I was well informed throughout my experience.
When I needed even more surgery, I was able to spend time in a specially provided Teenage Cancer Trust unit. This became a home away from home. I was in hospital over Christmas, and what could have been a really depressing time turned out to be surprisingly fun. My family came to visit and we had Christmas dinner in the Teenage Cancer Trust room, played pool, listened to music on the jukebox and fell asleep watching TV specials. Being a teenager is difficult enough, so the pressure having to undergo cancer treatments can be extremely traumatic and Teenage Cancer Trust understands this. They helped to make a dark period in my life brighter again. This is why I felt as though I had to give back.
How I Volunteer
There are so many ways you can volunteer for the Teenage Cancer Trust. When I first started volunteering I was recovering from surgery so I was given a role catered to my circumstance and now that I am working, this has been the perfect job to fit around an unpredictable work schedule.
My role is best described as a desk-based research volunteer in the South-West, I help to update databases by finding contact details for various local community groups and locations for Teenage Cancer Trust to promote their events and raise funds. I give up a couple of hours of my time whenever I can and this contribution can help to make a difference. I have met various representatives who have all been encouraging and accommodating, making me feel as though I am really helping.
I also volunteered at the annual Royal Albert Hall concerts which is a really fun way to raise money!
What I've Got Back
I feel as though I personally have benefitted from volunteering as the charity is so close to my heart and its incredibly rewarding to feel as though you’re making a difference. I have met some really lovely people and I hope to continue contributing to this charity for many years to come. In the future, I hope to be able to volunteer wherever I am and keep on helping to raise money for such a deserving cause. It really is fantastic to work so closely with a charity that has such a positive impact on so many lives.