Jack's story

Jack was diagnosed with acute lymphoblastic leukaemia shortly after finishing secondary school. He received emotional support from his CLIC Sargent Social Worker Anita, who helped him to deal with the impact on his family and friends and to think about his career after treatment.

Jack's story

Jack says: "Being diagnosed with cancer as a teenager is one of the hardest times. You've just begun to have a taste of adult life and then it's all taken away from you.

"My CLIC Sargent Social Worker Anita could sense when I needed support and found ways to get me to talk. I could really open up with her as I didn't feel the need to protect her.

"One of my biggest challenges was feeling very guilty about the impact I was having on family, friends and my girlfriend. My dad had just started up his own business but had to go back to being a carer and my girlfriend at the time spent a lot of time at the hospital and didn't do too well in her A-Levels. I could talk to Anita about this and she helped me see it wasn't my fault.

"Anita helped me think about life after cancer. When I became interested in electrical engineering, she gave me advice on how to get into it and encouraged me to pursue what I wanted to do. I did a course in electrical installation and have now got a job."

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To find out more about how CLIC Sargent can help support you, please contact us on 0300 330 0803 or email: info@clicsargent.org.uk, and we'll put you in touch with the correct team member.