Dear Younger Me: Chloe

This article was first published in May 2021.

Hindsight is a wonderful thing. As we grow up, we learn from our mistakes, develop our personalities and discover who we are. If we were to write a letter of advice to our younger self, what would we tell them? What do we know now that we wish we knew then? What have we learned?

For this series of thought-provoking films, we asked eighteen young people to write a letter to their younger selves. This is Dear Younger Me.

Your body is incredible: it can run, it can dance, it can kiss – you push it to its limits and it's never let you down yet.

23–year–old Chloe had cancer when she was younger. In this Dear Younger Me, Chloe tells her younger self that although she's the life of the party, she should also take time to rest – her friends will still be there for her. She tells herself to go home more often and to take time to hug loved ones. Chloe says that her relationship with her body wasn't a loving one, but that she now knows that her body is incredible. She admits to her younger self that her body will struggle to keep up with her when she develops cancer, but that she will gain strength from the experience too.

If you need support

You should always tell someone about the things you’re worried about. You can tell a friend, parent, guardian, teacher, or another trusted adult. If you're struggling with your mental health, going to your GP can be a good place to start to find help. Your GP can let you know what support is available to you, suggest different types of treatment and offer regular check-ups to see how you’re doing.

If you’re in need of in-the-moment support you can contact Childline, where you can speak to a counsellor. Their lines are open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

There are more links to helpful organisations on BBC Action Line.

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