"Life as a teenager in hospital with severe asthma was incredibly difficult. Too old for paediatric services, but too young to consider myself an adult, I was trapped in a ‘halfway house’ with nowhere to turn."
"I vividly remember my first night on the adult ward. I couldn’t see anyone my own age; I didn’t know the names of the people looking after me, and I didn’t understand how things worked. The ward was very short-staffed and one particular nurse was very rude to me.
"The thought of spending one more night on the adult ward was so frightening that I locked myself in the toilet at 4 in the morning and called my Mum to tell her I was discharging myself. I had never felt so scared.
"The following morning I was transferred to the respiratory unit, and the care I have received since that day has inspired me to become a nurse.
"There are bad days when my condition gets the better of me and I feel like throwing the towel in, but my nurses are always there for me, to listen, to dry my tears and to encourage me to carry on.
"I’m currently a third year nursing student and I can’t wait to qualify. I hope the care I have received is reflected in the way I treat my patients – I want to get to know everyone in my care; I want them to feel important and able to make decisions about their future."