When I was 5, I was diagnosed with ALL. A key part in my 2 years and 3 months journey to being cancer free was at The Marsden. So many amazing doctors and nurses made my not so easy journey easier. Being in hospital was obviously not a nice thing, however whenever I look back to when I stayed in the Marsden a large amount of my memories aren’t just sad scary moments, they’re happy ones. Little things like putting toilet roll on my head as hair and standing on my trolly ,that I was connected up to for some sort of the wonderful array of medication, to go visit the rocking horse in the play room I look back on happily .The Marsden also gave me friends and gave me and my parents an opportunity to speak to other families in similar situations. I am someone who is extremely grateful for coming out of treatment and here today, as that was so sadly not the case for some children I met along the way, which is something that no one should have to go through. There were so many caring professionals’ nurses that I am truly grateful for. The Marsden was a place me and my parents felt safe in and a place where we could trust them. I hope that the Royal Marsden Oak Wood Centre can carry on giving young children and young people the best care.
I had the honour of working on the unit and undertaking my BSC (Hons) in Cancer Care. The work and dedication of the staff was