Ross was diagnosed with a cancer of the soft tissue around his eye when he was 18-months-old.
His family met CLIC Sargent Social Worker Julie when they got the results of the biopsy, and she gave them some information to take away and read. The family, who live in East Lothian, Scotland, were shocked and confused, but Julie came to consultant’s appointments with them to explain anything they didn’t understand.
Ross has had treatment for just under a year, but he still has some visual problems and his kidneys have been affected by chemotherapy. His Mum Leslie took six months off work, and her partner took three months off after Ross was diagnosed. The couple were also caring for Ross’ sister Katie, then aged three.
They received a CLIC Sargent grant which helped them with the costs of travelling to the hospital and other expenses. Julie also helped them to apply for Disability Living Allowance. Their CLIC Sargent Nurse, Daphne, visited them in hospital and came to their house to take bloods, so they didn’t have to keep travelling to the hospital.
“We were also able to stay at CLIC Villa, which is across the road from the hospital. It’s a wonderful facility and the staff are very helpful and so supportive,” said Leslie.
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