There’s always so much discussion and debate about teenagers. We all know we can’t stereotype, especially as we've all been one ourselves, but everyone has an opinion.
And every time I visit our teenage cancer unit I'm guilty of giving my opinion.
Because I never cease to be filled with admiration and respect for their approach and attitude. Their gutsy determination to carry on being as normal a teenager as possible whilst undergoing treatment. Their conscientiousness in carrying on their studies whilst feeling so ill. And their openness and eloquence when talking about their cancer.
There are too many examples to mention. The young patient who excelled in this year's 'A' level results after revising in between chemo treatments. The teenage patient who recently abseiled down Old Trafford alongside me in aid of our charity. And the 18 year old who stole the show at an awards ceremony last week when she spoke about losing her hair.
I'm always proud when anyone visits our young oncology unit and was delighted to welcome Lord Mayor Cllr Alison Firth today who was interested in learning more about the work of this award-winning unit.
Founded in 1998, it’s one of only eight dedicated teenage cancer units in the country and treats around 130 new patients every year from across the North West. Everything is tailored for young patients, to provide them with the best environment and support as well as treatment.
A special place for special people.
And an opinion worth sharing.