Anais was diagnosed with a brain tumour in March 2010. 18-year-old Anais, from London, has been left with mobility problems after treatment that mean that she has to use a wheelchair. The side effects of six weeks of radiotherapy have also included hair-loss, mood swings and low energy, which Anais has found hard to cope with.
Her CLIC Sargent Social Worker Urvashi was there for the family from diagnosis onwards. “She has been brilliant,” said Anais. “If I ever felt worried or confused about my treatment or how I was feeling, I could go to her and she would give me lots of advice and support.”
Urvashi helped the family apply for a grant which was used to buy things like a laptop for Anais so that she could stay connected to her friends.
Anais’ Mum Juliette gave up work to care for her, and Urvashi helped her to apply for benefits. She also arranged for the family to have a break at Malcolm Sargent House in Prestwick.
“I think it’s really vital to be able to get away from it all and be in a different environment with new people, and that’s exactly what the house provides. Anais met other young children, I met parents, and the staff were all so friendly,” said Juliette.
Anais has now finished treatment. “Urvashi really helped the whole family stay on track and supported us throughout Anais’ treatment, and she still keeps in touch now so I want to say a huge thank you,” said Juliette.