'The support you get from each other is amazing.'

Bradley's story...

 

Bradley was diagnosed at 19 whilst studying for his A Levels with Chronic Myeloid Leukaemia. As it took such a long time for him to get a diagnosis the cancer was advanced by the time he was diagnosed. He started chemotherapy straight away, which was intense and made him very ill and lose his hair.

Throughout his treatment Bradley was supported by CLIC Sargent. A CLIC Sargent Social Worker was there to help with financial difficulties, sorting out benefits and student finance as well as providing emotional support to Bradley and his family.

Only a handful of Bradley’s friends knew about his illness, meaning he felt isolated and lonely. His CLIC Sargent Social Worker suggested getting involved with the Young People’s Reference Group to get support and meet people going through similar experiences.

Bradley said of his involvement with Participation:

‘The support you get from each other is amazing. We want to make things better for someone else going through what we have. We want to make the charity even better for the next people who are diagnosed. It’s a wonderful feeling knowing we have an impact and say at the charity whilst supporting each other.’

 

 

 

 


Our partnership with CLIC Sargent and £50,000 annual grant supports their Participation Service. With 11 children and young people diagnosed with cancer every day across the UK, the need to put young people at the centre of their work to shape present and future services, is of paramount importance.