What can I tell this lad, Im sure that just telling him my story will already help him a lot.
Just hearing that you are a man who has been in his shoes will be huge for him. Occasionally I have the opportunity to chat or PM with one of the younger men on MS and I always try to encourage them that it is very brave of them to face what happened to them at such a young age. I tell them what my life has been like, running from it, and that they have the opportunity to change the course of their lives if they continue to do the work of recovery and not give up. Go ahead and talk to him. You will not regret it.
Seems I've got to have a change of scene
Every night I have the strangest dreams
Imprisoned by the way it could have been
Left here on my own or so it seems
I've got to leave before I start to screamJoe Cocker