Libby's Story


"I don't know where I would be without the Trust."

Libby standing smiling in front of East Cowes Marina on a sunny day on the Isle of Wight
Libby standing smiling in front of East Cowes Marina on a sunny day on the Isle of Wight

Before that first trip, I was so unhappy, so alienated. I didn’t know who I was. With treatment, you’ve got one end goal for so long. When it’s over you’re lost, you don’t know what to do or how to live anymore.

When you’re younger, you don’t understand as much and tend to block out your treatment. I wanted to move straight on. But as you get older you remember bits and want to find out more. I have quite a few medical issues from my treatments and still experience a lot of pain and fatigue. It can be difficult.

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When you’ve been ill for so long, you’re told everything you can’t do and are held back. On trips you’re given so much opportunity to push your boundaries and remind yourself you’re still capable of doing stuff.

No one mollycoddles you; you’re encouraged to do as much as you can. But if you don’t feel well, or need a sleep, there’s no judgement because everyone is in the same boat, literally.

It’s nice to be in a place where you all belong and get each other. I don’t know where I would be without the Trust.

Listen to Libby

For some young people, one four-day adventure with the Trust is all they need. For others, like Libby, ongoing long-term support is what they are looking for. She joined the Trust's Sound Waves podcast to talk about what it's been like joining the Trust for six summers and why she takes something new from each adventure.

Listen to Libby's experience on Sound Waves

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