Jason's cancer had already spread to one of his kidneys, and the shock diagnosis left the family devastated. Operations, plus intensive chemotherapy and gruelling radiotherapy followed.
“To be told he had cancer was just so shocking. I don’t think it really hit me until when the doctor left, and I burst into tears. In the moment when he told me my mind went blank, I just couldn’t think straight. My life had completely changed in a moment.
“It was really scary to see Jason go through treatment, it was hard not to fall apart in front of him, but inside I was shaking. As a parent, you just want more than anything to take the cancer away for them.”
Emotional and financial support
The family were helped throughout their ordeal by Anne Badger a CLIC Sargent Support Worker who is part of an independent team at Bristol Children’s Hospital offering emotional and financial support to families in need, and the CLIC Sargent Nursing Team, which visits children at home and at nursery or school to undertake procedures like blood tests that would otherwise require a clinical visit.
“When your child has cancer there is always so much on your mind. Anne took some of those stresses away. If there was anything I needed, I knew I could call her for help or just a chat, and it was so important to have that.
“And the CLIC Sargent Nurses are lovely ladies too, like a ray of sunshine in our lives! They helped us so much and helped keep life as normal as possible for us all.
“Jason loved them, and thank God that he got the all clear in October 2016.”
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