Ben had always been healthy but in May 2014 he started being sick. He was eventually referred to a specialist and diagnosed with a brain tumour in January 2015.
A difficult diagnosis
Ben’s mum Nicole said: “When the consultant told us Ben had a brain tumour it was sickening; it felt unreal. I thought, ‘things like this don’t happen to people like us.’ How could he have a tumour given how well he was?
“The consultant talked to us all about Ben’s brain tumour and what the plans were for treating it. He pointed out a key symptom we had noticed but hadn’t appreciated its significance, a lopsided smile.”
Supported by CLIC Sargent
Nicole said: “Our CLIC Sargent Social Worker Tricia is great. She’s a voice of sanity and reason and a good sounding board for us.
“She has provided a lot of support in terms of getting us a £170 grant from CLIC Sargent for emergency expenses, information and help with applying for Disability Living Allowance, information about what support is available and offering us breaks.
“Just as important, she gives great moral support while we’re stuck in isolation, providing much-needed human contact.
“Our life has been derailed but we need to learn how to live with cancer so it doesn’t end up defining us. CLIC Sargent’s support is both practical and emotional – and both are very much needed to cope with this.”
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