Lara and Mark's story

Two-year-old Amber, from Sheffield, was diagnosed with pilocytic astrocytoma, a type of brain tumour, and received chemotherapy treatment.

Amber, her mum Lara and dad Mark were provided with support from Jude, their CLIC Sargent Social WorkerHere, Amber's mum tells her family's story.

Lara and Mark's story

"When we heard the diagnosis I just dropped to the floor and everything was just a blur. It felt like I was in a different world and it wasn’t real. Everyone dismissed it at first and couldn’t believe it. 

"Amber had surgery a week after we heard the diagnosis and her first scan found the tumour to be growing. She then started chemotherapy within two weeks.

"Our CLIC Sargent Social Worker Jude just appeared in front of me one day in hospital and talked through what CLIC Sargent could do. We’ve had help with financial benefits, and we’ve been able to chat at any time. It's been great to be able to call in at the CLIC Sargent office at Sheffield Children’s Hospital and have a chat and a hug.

CLIC Sargent staff are wonderfully caring and knowledgeable people at a time when you need help the most.

"When your child is ill your priorities change. They helped us keep control of the little things when we couldn't control the big things, like our daughter's health."

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