Young people's stories

Read stories from young people who have gone through cancer treatment and been supported by CLIC Sargent.

Young people's stories

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 to think about his career after treatment. Read Jack's full story.

I met Alison, my CLIC Sargent Social Worker, who visited me and told me about how CLIC Sargent could help.

Francesca's story

16-year-old Francesca was diagnosed with stage four Hodgkin’s lymphoma and had chemotherapy and radiotherapy as part of her treatment.

Francesca was really affected by the physical effects of her treatment, like the fact that she had to wear a wig because her hair fell out, and the social impacts as she couldn’t go out with her friends. Read Francesca's full story.

Grace's story

Just three days after Grace, 23, gave birth to her son Austin, she found she couldn’t walk properly.

She had previously had a benign tumour on her thigh but six weeks after the birth the doctor said 'it's cancer'. 

From her bone cancer diagnosis, CLIC Sargent Social Worker Sam stepped in, ready to help, support and guide. He provided a specialist package of support tailored to Grace and her family. 

Read Grace's full story.

Emma's story

Emma was 21, mum to twins and pregnant when she got the devastating news that she had cancer.

Throughout her journey Emma and her family were supported by CLIC Sargent Social Worker Vivian who gave emotional, practical and financial support. 

Read Emma's full story.

Byron's story

Byron was 18 when he started experiencing a pain in his side. He thought he had over-indulged while on holiday with his friends. However the pain continued to get worse and he returned to doctors, and was told her had testicular cancer.

He was supported through the emotional impact of his cancer journey by CLIC Sargent.

Read Byron's full story.

Jess' story

When sport-loving Jess, 15, found a lump at the bottom of her neck she assumed she’d just pulled a muscle. But after becoming more unwell a biopsy and other tests revealed she had Hodgkin’s Lymphoma.

Jess' cancer treatment was short but very intense, resulting in her losing her hair. She received lots of support from her school friends and from her CLIC Sargent Social Worker Adama.

Read Jess' full story.

Crystal's story

18-year-old Crystal is going through treatment for osteosarcoma, bone cancer, which grew on her jawbone.

She is being supported by Sam Collins, a CLIC Sargent Social Worker at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Birmingham. 

When she was first diagnosed she searched online and couldn't find many stories about her condition. She wanted to share her story to give hope to others. 

Read Crystal's full story.

Find out more

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