Archives: Stories

Tom’s story – I’d be a different person without my CLIC Sargent Social Worker

Monday 21 January 2019

Tom was diagnosed with a brain tumour aged three and went through treatment, which successfully got rid of the cancer. Aged 22, Tom relapsed after a large tumour was found in his head. He had an operation to remove the tumour, and then went through months of radiotherapy and chemo – his most recent scans show no sign of the tumour.

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Mo’s story – I recovered then relapsed

Tuesday 15 January 2019

Mo was diagnosed with a rare Germ cell tumour in August 2016 after experiencing severe back pain which was dismissed by his doctors. It was Mo’s Aunt, who also works at the hospital, who made him go for tests that led to the diagnosis. Mo recovered but relapsed whilst on holiday celebrating the end of his treatment with family but they all really rallied round for him. Here Mo tells his story.

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Sara’s story – my cancer came back

Tuesday 8 January 2019

My name is Sara Owen and I am age 18, I am from Colwyn Bay, North Wales where I live with my mum and dad and my Border Terrier, Pero.

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Steven’s story – Diagnosed with Non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma aged 20

Monday 10 September 2018

Steven was diagnosed with Non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma when he was 20. His diagnosis hit the whole family hard, as mum Jane explains.

Steven playing guitar

Phoebe’s story – Diagnosed with neuroblastoma under a year old

Monday 10 September 2018

Phoebe was diagnosed with neuroblastoma when she was under a year old. Since being diagnosed in January 2016 she hasn’t really been off treatment, and the family have had to go to different hospitals to try different treatments. Travel has been one of the biggest costs for the family.

Phoebe on her first day of treatment

Daisy’s story – Diagnosed with Acute lymphoblastic leukaemia aged one

Monday 10 September 2018

Daisy Sayers was diagnosed with Acute lymphoblastic leukaemia (ALL) in November 2017 aged just 22 months. Mum Melissa explains.

Daisy in hospital during her treatment

Gavin’s story – Doctors thought it was growing pains

Monday 10 September 2018

Thirteen-year-old Gavin had intermittent pain in his shoulder which everyone believed were growing pains. After two visits to the GP he was referred for an X-ray. His diagnosis was a Ewing’s Sarcoma in his scapula (shoulder blade). Gavin’s dad Craig explains.

Gavin wearing a hat

Heidi’s story – The shock that it was cancer was huge

Friday 7 September 2018

Two-year-old Heidi had to undergo two and a half years of treatment since she was diagnosed with Acute Lymphoblastic Leukaemia (ALL) in September 2015. Mum Paula explains how Heidi’s cancer diagnosis increased costs and stress.

Heidi during her cancer treatment

Oliver’s story – Our cancer commute to hospital is 120 miles each way

Thursday 6 September 2018

Oliver was diagnosed with leukaemia in August 2016, aged eight. Mum Nicky explains how two years of treatment 120 miles from home has cost the family.

Oliver (left) and his brother Ben when the family were staying at Sam's House in Bristol

Grace’s story – Cancer doesn’t mean your life is over

Thursday 30 August 2018

Just three days after Grace, 23, gave birth to her son Austin, she found she couldn’t walk properly. She had previously had a benign tumour on her thigh but six weeks after the birth the doctor said 'it's cancer'. 

Grace with her son Austin