Every day Raveen, from London lives with the lasting effects of childhood cancer.
Diagnosed with leukaemia before her third birthday, she spent three years in hospital while radiotherapy left her with mild learning and communication difficulties.
Shyness and acute frustration contributed to a crippling lack of confidence. But her relationships with the Trust and her twin sister have helped her discover a positive outlook and pursue a dream career in childcare.
I have problems talking sometimes and with my memory, and can get confused with what I need to say. I can get really frustrated, upset and overwhelmed quite quickly. I get a lot of family support to find solutions to manage these when they happen.
I was so young when I was ill, if I couldn’t understand what I’d been through how could I explain it to others? I was really shy and school was socially challenging. I was bullied. My sister protected me, her friends knew and understood me. I felt I had people on my side, but no real friends of my own.
My sister was on a different level at everything. I compared myself to her and I’d kick myself down all the time. As twins it’s hard sometimes not to see what she’s achieved and think ‘Why did I go through this? What would I be like if I hadn’t?’ My illness still impacts on everything.
The first mention of a trip came through my Great Ormond Street Hospital nurse, Susan. I was low all the time. I didn’t know anyone who had been through anything like I had. I felt I was the only one. Susan thought a Trust trip might help me.