Cassey's mum takes up the story.
“When they said it was a ‘large tumour’, I realised how bad it was,” says mum of three, Janet.
Cassey was 15 months old when she was diagnosed with the rare cancer neuroblastoma. Janet and her partner Ricardo were told that their daughter’s chances of surviving were 50 per cent.
The Guernsey-based family, which includes brothers Kemtjude, 12, and Clifford, who is eight, had to temporarily move to Southampton for Cassey’s treatment. Their CLIC Sargent Social Worker Tricia provided them with information about cancer as well as emotional support. She also suggested that they stay at CLIC Haven, CLIC Sargent’s Home from Home in Southampton.
It was just such a relief. At CLIC Haven you can have a little break and some time to yourself.
While Janet was with Cassey in hospital, Ricardo stayed in CLIC Haven with the two boys. She says, "You feel you are at home, but the hospital is very accessible. The staff are accommodating, and it is really clean."
“All the support we have had from CLIC Sargent has been very helpful to us,” says Janet. “I do not know what we would have done without them.