Category: Young people

Seren’s story – diagnosed with ovarian cancer aged 19

Monday 25 March 2019

Seren started feeling unwell during her first year at university and thought it was due to going out too much.

Seren and her boyfriend Josh at a music festival

Tom’s story – I’d be a different person without my CLIC Sargent Social Worker

Monday 21 January 2019

Tom was diagnosed with a brain tumour aged three and went through treatment, which successfully got rid of the cancer. Aged 22, Tom relapsed after a large tumour was found in his head. He had an operation to remove the tumour, and then went through months of radiotherapy and chemo – his most recent scans show no sign of the tumour.

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Mo’s story – I recovered then relapsed

Tuesday 15 January 2019

Mo was diagnosed with a rare Germ cell tumour in August 2016 after experiencing severe back pain which was dismissed by his doctors. It was Mo’s Aunt, who also works at the hospital, who made him go for tests that led to the diagnosis. Mo recovered but relapsed whilst on holiday celebrating the end of his treatment with family but they all really rallied round for him. Here Mo tells his story.

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Sara’s story – my cancer came back

Tuesday 8 January 2019

My name is Sara Owen and I am age 18, I am from Colwyn Bay, North Wales where I live with my mum and dad and my Border Terrier, Pero.

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Steven’s story – Diagnosed with Non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma aged 20

Monday 10 September 2018

Steven was diagnosed with Non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma when he was 20. His diagnosis hit the whole family hard, as mum Jane explains.

Steven playing guitar

Gavin’s story – Doctors thought it was growing pains

Monday 10 September 2018

Thirteen-year-old Gavin had intermittent pain in his shoulder which everyone believed were growing pains. After two visits to the GP he was referred for an X-ray. His diagnosis was a Ewing’s Sarcoma in his scapula (shoulder blade). Gavin’s dad Craig explains.

Gavin wearing a hat

Grace’s story – Cancer doesn’t mean your life is over

Thursday 30 August 2018

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'. 

Grace with her son Austin

TJ’s story – GP said I’d just pulled a muscle

Thursday 30 August 2018

TJ, 22, was told ‘it’s cancer’ after he’d been experiencing pain in his head and neck for several months. He lost his job and found treatment hard to cope with. He was supported by CLIC Sargent Social Worker Sam who stepped in to provide expert care and support.

TJ out and about in his car

Madison’s story – I thought breast cancer was something old people got

Wednesday 29 August 2018

Madison Joyce was diagnosed with stage three breast cancer aged 22. Now 25, she is cancer-free, and in May 2017 came second in the final of the Miss Staffordshire competition, going on to compete at Miss England. But as far as she's concerned, she's not an inspiration, she's just living her life.

Madison, after she lost her hair

Chris’ story – It was a choice between keeping my leg, or my life

Wednesday 29 August 2018

Keen golfer Chris was 19 when he was diagnosed with bone cancer in his leg, and treatment was tough. But his CLIC Sargent Social Worker Karen helped take some of the hassles of cancer away. Chris is now an ambassador for CLIC Sargent and has set up his own blog to help other young people facing cancer. 

Chris getting used to his prosthetic leg