Lewis's Story

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"Believe in yourself and don’t think that you can’t do everything."

Losing a limb to illness can have a terrible impact on a young person's confidence. A Trust trip supported Lewis in rediscovering what he is still capable of.

After losing his leg from osteosarcoma, Lewis felt isolated at school. He missed out on his GCSEs and his peers weren’t sure of how to talk to him.

“When I went back, people were keeping their distance because they didn’t know what to say. Even teachers as well. They would just ignore it, which was hard, but I guess it’s just their way of not knowing what to say to me.”

The Teenage Cancer Trust helped push Lewis towards a new start. They encouraged him to come on a Trust trip, which he says helped with his anxiety and his confidence

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"It helped me get stuff off my chest while helping other people get stuff off their chest at the same time."

The trip gave Lewis a chance to work through what had happened to him, as well as realise how he could be there for other people too.

“It helped me be able to talk to other people my age about how there are other people going through similar things as me.

"This made me feel good in a way, as it helped me get stuff off my chest while helping other people get stuff off their chest at the same time.”

Despite struggling with his balance and having never been on a boat before, he rediscovered what his body is physically capable of. At the end of the week, he felt happier and had made lots of new friends.

Thumbs up Lewis!

"This has been out of my comfort zone, so it’s really shown me what I am able to do."

Lewis on the helm

For Lewis, part of recovery is about reclaiming his passions and the attitude required to achieve that.

“Believe in yourself and don’t think that you can’t do everything. I didn’t think I’d be able to kick a football again, but speak to people and they might be able to help you get into different things that you never thought you’d be able to do.”

He described his treatment as ‘the hardest year’ of his life, but the trip helped him feel optimistic about what life still has in store.

“This has been out of my comfort zone, so it’s really shown me what I am able to do.”

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"Believe in yourself and don’t think that you can’t do everything."