Ryan thought he had a trapped nerve because he couldn't turn his neck and had to sleep upright. After being examined by three different doctors and enduring a painful CT scan, he was taken by helicopter to Southampton Hospital and told he had a cancerous tumour.
He had to have surgery to remove the tumour before starting chemotherapy and radiotherapy. For much of his treatment Ryan spent a lot of time at hospital - miles from his family home on the Isle of Wight. Thanks to CLIC Haven, our current Home from Home in Southampton, Ryan's family could stay together and be there for him.
Coping with cancer
Ryan's dad Mike said: "Although still in shock and fearing the worst for Ryan, the fact we had somewhere to stay was an enormous relief to us, and we used the privacy of our room to start calling family and friends to inform them of Ryan's situation.
"Without CLIC Sargent and their house I don't know how we would have coped this year. It would have made a horrendous situation even worse.
"A hotel would have been unaffordable all year, especially considering I've had a considerable amount of time off work to spend time with Ryan. I cannot praise CLIC Sargent and their staff enough."
"Having CLIC Haven meant my family could stay close and friends [could visit]. Even though I was far away from home, I didn't feel isolated because of CLIC Haven." Ryan.
There's no place like home
A cancer diagnosis means normal life stops for the child or young person, and their family. Treatment is gruelling and often happens many miles from home. Travelling for treatment is exhausting and expensive. CLIC Sargent Homes from Home are havens for patients and families during treatment, reducing the financial cost and emotional strain of cancer so that families like Ryan's can stay together during the toughest times.
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