Teenage cancer survivor advertises for friends after illness robbed him of his childhood
Jordan Kosovich advertised for friends on Gumtree (Picture: Jordan Kosovich/Gumtree)

A teenage cancer survivor has written a heartbreaking plea for friends after he was robbed of friends in his childhood as a result of his illness.

Jordan Kosovich, now 19, developed leukaemia when he was just seven years old and ended up spending much of his youth in and out of hospital receiving treatment.

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He said that he’s never had a chance to develop a proper social life because of his four years of treatment – two of which he was too ill to go to school.

Jordan is now advertising on Gumtree for friends.

He said: ‘I couldn’t be more proud that I survived it, but in all honesty the day I found out I had cancer my childhood stopped in its tracks and it never recovered.

‘Which meant I missed out on a great deal of social time, which made it really challenging for me during primary school because I missed 2 years as I was too sick to go.

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‘Things didn’t get any better for me throughout high school it was a really horrible experience for me no one ever gave me a chance no matter what.’

Jordan lives in Perth, Australia, and he’s looking for friends from that area.

However, since his post appeared online he has become something of a hit internationally. He’s had nearly 5,000 views and he’s been inundated with messages of support on Facebook.

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He explained that he had been bullied because he was overweight as a result of the chemotherapy and then it got worse at high school.

He said that he was physically bullied and targeted on Facebook, driving him off the site.

Jordan told MailOnline Australia: ‘It was hell the whole five years, no one could pay me enough money to get me to go back into those situations, just horrible altogether.

‘I went to a different school from Year 11 but it started again once people found out I had no friends. No one ever gave me a chance.’

He now works at a sport centre and while he’s made friends there, he says they are workmates and everyone has their own lives.

Speaking about why he posted the advert he added: ‘I wanted to feel like a normal 19-year-old for once and just do everything I should be doing at my age. I thought posting an ad was a crazy thing to do, but I was really struggling and just thought to try something different, and it’s worked.’