19 August 2020

My Life Now - meet Izzy

It’s been 18 years since the Trust first set sail – what are the young people who have been on trips up to now? Our 'My Life Now' series shows a positive future after cancer is a reality. Having been involved in the Trust for 10 years the long term support gave Izzy Ball the confidence to move away to university and pursue her dream of becoming a teacher.

Name: Izzy Ball

Age: 21

Diagnosis/year? Hodgkin’s Lymphoma - 2009

When you first sailed with the Trust? 26th July 2010

What do you do now?

In September (2020) I will be a Teaching Assistant at a local primary school. But I have just completed three years at Uni training to be a teacher.

Explain what that means?

It means I have graduated University with a BA(Hons) Primary Teaching degree and can do anything in a classroom or a school, I have chosen to be a Teaching Assistant for now but am looking forward to gaining my Qualified Teacher Status in a few years.

Why did you want to do this?

I have always wanted to work with children. When I spent time in hospital I wanted to be a nurse, but that didn't last after my 100th needle. So I settled on teacher. I love working with children and shaping them for the future.

What’s the coolest thing you’ve done lately?

In May last year (2019) I jumped off the Spinnaker Tower to raise money for the Trust. Even though I never wanted to be a nurse, I recently picked up a temporary part time job as a Home Carer, so I look after people.

Why did you need the Trust’s support in recovery?

As an 11-year-old my life was about to get scary, secondary school and GCSE exams and moving house and new friends. The Trust gave me opportunities to develop my confidence in finding new friends, being away from mum and dad and trying something completely new. It built my confidence and courage and I developed my personality while on these trips.

What part has the Trust played in you doing what you are now?

Massive part, I don't think I would have been very comfortable going to uni three years ago if I hadn't sailed with the Trust. And would definitely not be going into a classroom to be a Teaching Assistant.

What’s your top tip for a young person interested in studying Primary Teaching?

Stick to what you love but don't be afraid to try something new. And remember why you're here, it will get tough but if you can windsurf or climb the high ropes, then you can do University!

Listen to Izzy's Sound Waves podcast - My 10 Years with the Trust