Horsham doctor becomes administrator of young cancer fighters
Dr Anisha Patel on Lorraine. PHOTO: Dr Anisha Patel
Submitted by Teens Unite
A doctor from Horsham, West Sussex, has become a trustee of a cancer charity which supports young people, after being diagnosed with cancer.
Dr Anisha Patel, 42, was diagnosed with advanced bowel cancer aged 39.
After two life-saving operations and months of chemotherapy, she has now been in remission for three years, but is suffering from many after-effects of the treatment.
While trying to mentally and physically navigate her ‘new normal’ and return to work as a GP, Dr Patel has become an activist and advocate for women’s health.
As well as campaigning for greater awareness of bowel cancer and its symptoms, she appeared on ITV’s Lorraine to advocate for a better understanding of cancer symptoms and its lasting effects.
This month, Dr Patel joins the cancer charity, Teens Unite, as a principal beneficiary of their board.
This vital role will help the charity support teenagers and young adults battling cancer as they work to build England’s first specialist youth cancer retreat.
Teens Unite helps young people rebuild their lives and live with their diagnosis in the best possible way.
Coping with cancer at this age impacts all aspects of a young person’s life, from their friendships and education to their self-confidence and emotional well-being.
When life is on hold and consumed by fear, isolation and survival, Teens Unite empowers teens and 20-somethings to get on with living their lives.
Dr Patel said: ‘I have chosen to give my time as an administrator and volunteer for Teens Unite because I feel I am in a unique position as a doctor and someone who has had cancer. to help young people through treatment and beyond, as well as advice on how best to provide them with support services.
“I have a greater understanding and empathy towards the needs of those diagnosed and the consequences that follow.
“Ultimately, I want young people who come seeking help and connection through Teens Unite to feel supported and empowered after their cancer diagnosis, during their journey and beyond treatment.”
Roxanne Lawrance, CEO of Teens Unite, said: “We are delighted to have Anisha join our board.
“Through her role as beneficiary leader, she will help inform our service delivery, ensuring that every young person feels supported and empowered, no matter where they are at in their cancer journey.
“Anisha brings with her both her knowledge, experience and passion to ensure that we, as a charity, provide the best support to young cancer fighters.”
Learn more about Teens Unite here.
Follow Dr. Anisha on her Instagram account @doctorsgetcancertoo
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