Francesca was 14 when she was diagnosed with cancer. It turned her entire world, and her family’s, upside down.
She went through 4 rounds of chemotherapy, contracted sepsis, lost her hair, eyelashes and eyebrows. At one point her weight dropped to under 4 stone and she couldn’t even stand up by herself.
Teenage Cancer Trust’s specialised nursing and youth support teams understand the challenges that teenagers and young people with cancer face and the care they give is so vital to young people like Francesca.
I spent some time on children’s wards closer to home when I had infections and I was surrounded by babies and little kids. I didn’t realise how much the Teenage Cancer Trust unit matters and the difference it makes until I was on a normal children’s ward without any of those facilities.
Francesca is due to finish her treatment in September, and we will continue to give her and her family all the support they need.
But every day 7 young people hear the words, “You have cancer”, so it is vital that we continue to be there for them. Teenage Cancer Trust relies totally on the generosity of our supporters to make sure that no young person faces cancer alone.
Thank you for your support.
At the start you hand your child over and say ‘please make them better’ the level of trust you have in them is insane. There was an immediate feeling of being engulfed in a big hug. Whatever problem we went to them with they were like: ‘we’ve got this’.
Nikki, Francesca’s mum
How you can help
Many of our supporters have already been in touch to ask how they can help us be there for young people with cancer.
If you can help, then please donate today. Whatever you’re able to give will make a difference.
How we help everyday
Every day, seven young people aged 13-24 hear the words “you have cancer”. They will each need specialised nursing care and support to get them through the toughest times they may have faced. We’re the only UK charity meeting this vital need.
Teenage Cancer Trust is a registered charity: 1062559 (England & Wales), SC039757 (Scotland).