Archives: Stories

Being trans with cancer

Tuesday 28 June 2022

One young adult we support bravely agreed to tell his story and highlight the challenges he’s faced as a transgender cancer patient.

We'll face it all, together

Ben’s Story: “I opened up to Young Lives vs Cancer, I embraced I am gay with cancer.”

Tuesday 28 June 2022

Ben was 22 when he was diagnosed with leukaemia. Six months earlier, Ben said he had come out with his sexuality and started a new life. Whilst a new beginning was put on hold, it was his partner Mark who helped him through treatment and the support of Young Lives vs Cancer for them both. Here, Ben shares his story.

Gideon’s Story: “one of the nicest things to do when you’ve had a horrible experience is to be there for other people”

Thursday 16 June 2022

Gideon was diagnosed with an aggressive malignant cancer called Rhabdomyosarcoma when he was 4 years old

Alistair and his son Gideon during treatment

Mikail’s story: “your whole world just goes and you get swallowed up”

Thursday 16 June 2022

When Halil's son Mikail relapsed he joined a support group for Dads of children with cancer and said speaking to other people really helped him

Noah’s story: “The nurses would ask me when my boyfriend was coming in to visit and it would always give me a boost.”

Tuesday 14 June 2022

Noah, from Neath in Wales, was diagnosed with testicular cancer which had spread to his stomach this year. He’s been supported throughout his cancer journey by his partner Zack. Noah’s sharing his story and their experience for Pride Month.

Lauren’s story: Looking back at cancer journey 20 years on

Friday 10 June 2022

Lauren was diagnosed with non-Hodgkin lymphoma in 2001 when she was aged just 14. Now 20 years on, Lauren is cancer-free, has three children, and has written a book based on her diary from her cancer journey. Here, Lauren shares her story.

Arlo’s story

Tuesday 31 May 2022

Mums Nikki and Hannah share their son Arlo's story of being diagnosed with rhabdomyosarcoma a day before his first birthday

Jan’s Story “My daughter Alayna was my best friend, I will have no-one like her as a best friend again.”

Monday 30 May 2022

Alayna was diagnosed with DIPG (diffuse midline glioma) at just 17 years old

Oscar’s story: “it was so good that it was so close to the hospital but far enough to feel you had come away”

Friday 27 May 2022

When Oscar was diagnosed with neuroblastoma at just five months old his family stayed at our Home from Home near the hospital so they didn't have to travel back and forth on the ferry every time

Anthony and Emily’s story: “As a family our lives were turned upside down.”

Friday 13 May 2022

Dad Anthony this weekend is cycling from Paul's House to Paris, in memory of his daughter Emily, who passed away when she was seven years old. Here he shares his family's story.