CSL Why Sit it Out
CSL Why sit it out

Joshua, aged 12


The longest I’ve had to stay in hospital was three months because of septicaemia, and it was really frustrating because I could basically just not go anywhere and I was stuck in that one place.

That’s one of the main reasons I wanted to get on my bike because I’ve missed that opportunity. My friends started learning riding their bike at five and six when I started learning later.

So I was really excited when I learned how to ride my bike properly, because it was just like ‘I’ve done it – I’ve completed one of my life goals’. Now, I try to ride at least every day.

Joshua's story

What cycling does for me

I just love cycling so much because I feel the nice breeze going across my face. Cycling has been a real life achievement for me because I can do new things now, like going further and seeing my friends.

It’s really important for someone like me to keep moving because exercise can help your joints and muscles and stop you getting cramp. And because emotionally I feel absolutely happy.

Picking my battles

I’m able to do most things, but there are a few lessons in PE I haven’t been able to participate in, like football and rugby.

If I could, I would really like to do judo, karate and boxing, like some of the people in my school. I’m just really sad that I can’t do it. It’s important for everyone to find their own way.

I really got motivated about riding my bike... I just pushed myself to keep doing it and then I got help from my dad.

My advice to someone with haemophilia

The most important thing I would say to a young person with haemophilia is to be active, do as much as you want to do in your own time… and spend as much time as you can with your friends and family.

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