Daisy, 13, was diagnosed with cancer after several trips to the doctors following unexplained weight loss, pain in her chest and night sweats.
GPs initially dismissed their concerns as an infection or asthma, but an x-ray revealed a 16cm mass on her chest. After several tests and two biopsies it was confirmed that Daisy had cancer.
Daisy’s mum Jules said: “When we were told it was cancer it was just complete and utter disbelief. It was like I’d been punched so hard in the belly that you are winded.
"A million thoughts come through your mind. It didn’t hit me fully until the next day, I had to be really strong for Daisy but I was dying inside.”
Following her diagnosis, Daisy underwent several rounds of chemotherapy and radiotherapy, and is currently recovering from high dose chemotherapy and an autologous stem cell transplant.
This gruelling treatment caused physical, as well as emotional side effects for the teenager, such as losing her hair and mobility issues.
Hidden Costs research from CLIC Sargent showed that 79% of young people felt cancer had a serious impact on their emotional wellbeing, 70% experienced depression during their cancer treatment and 83% of young people experienced loneliness during their cancer treatment.
During her cancer treatment, Daisy and her family were supported by Lucy, a CLIC Sargent Social Worker, who provided practical, emotional and financial support.
Mum Jules continued: “We met Lucy in our first week in hospital. I think I’d heard of CLIC Sargent before but didn’t know what they do. She really listened to our story and explained what she does and all the things she could help with.
“Lucy was like a little angel that had been dropped in Daisy’s room when we were in a world of pain and negativity, like rabbits caught in the headlights."
"She talked about positive things and what CLIC Sargent can do to help. Helping us get a blue badge, filling out forms, organising trips out when Daisy wasn’t feeling great - we had no idea all these things were available.
“Seeing Lucy was something to look forward to, she is like a light in a dark room.”
Daisy also struck up a strong friendship with Emmie, 18, who was receiving cancer treatment at the same time.
“We met Emmie when Daisy was told she was going through radiotherapy, which is a terrifying prospect for a young girl.
“Emmie was this ball of energy and positivity. She took Daisy under her wing like a big sister, she explained everything to her and gave her advice for dealing with treatment. She really genuinely cares about her so we feel very blessed they met.”
World Cancer Day
Now Daisy and her family are supporting CLIC Sargent’s World Cancer Day campaign. Supporters can get their own Band Against Cancer wristband for a suggested £2 donation, to raise vital funds and awareness.
Daisy said: “It feels great to be a part of this campaign and wear my Band Against Cancer wristband because people like Lucy, CLIC Sargent and Emmie banded together for me. Donating and getting a band is so important to make sure CLIC Sargent can help more families like mine.”