From fundraisers, awareness and advocacy events to sharing personal stories and experiences on our website and social media networks, teens and young adults across the country are banning together to create a network of support for each other. Madeleine Darowiche shares how Teens Take Charge has benefited her life.
By Madeleine Darowiche
Teens Take Charge (TTC) has helped me in many ways. I first learned about the program a few years back when I also discovered that the Hydrocephalus Association has a WALK in my area. I was very excited to have discovered the program. I read the blog posts and I realized that most of these teens were going through many of the same obstacles that I encounter. I looked forward to someday getting more involved with the wonderful program. Unfortunately, I was unsure of how to interact until this past summer when I went to the HA conference. It was there that I was able to speak with others on ways to be proactive with Teens Take Charge. I now am much more involved, and it has greatly benefited me.
I have gotten more confidence because I am not alone. I am finally able to communicate with others who understand the small but sometimes frustrating challenges that life can bring. I feel very lucky to have discovered the program, and I hope that someday other young adults who feel alone will find out about it. Teens Take Charge is such a great program and hopefully it will benefit others the way it has benefited me.
Are you between the ages of 12 – 25 living with hydrocephalus, a close friend or the sibling or son or daughter of someone living with hydrocephalus? Become a member of Teens Take Charge! Here’s how you can get involved:
- Join us on FACEBOOK and TWITTER and help create a community of teens making changes happen.
- Meet the TTC Advisory Council: Ashley Snyder, Nicole Padron, Elijah Lawrence, Megan Rivkin, Chiara Rocciola, Wyatt Barris, Harrison Silver, Madison Pardi and Lexi Rocciola. You can chat with them via Facebook posts or messages.
- Sign up to receive updates from TTC. Click here to receive “Teens Take Charge” updates and alerts and be sure to specify ‘Teens Take Charge’ as your alert type.
- Show your support for teens and young adults affected by hydrocephalus. Purchase a Teens Take Charge t-shirt.
- Submit your story! We are inviting young adults to guest blog on the Hydrocephalus Association’s website. If you are interested please contact Jennifer@hydroassoc.com.
- Don’t forget to download valuable resources that can provide important information for you and your loved ones. Visit our Publications page on our website or search through our Hydrocephalus Resource Library.