Archives: Stories

Edith and Lewis’s story – “Cancer showed us how strong people can be and it just made us love each other even more.”

Wednesday 11 March 2020

Edith was just four-years-old when she was diagnosed with cancer. Now seven, Edith and her family are counting down the days to the end of her treatment – and to her dad Lewis taking on the Virgin Money London Marathon for CLIC Sargent.

Sinead’s story – coping with early menopause after being diagnosed with ovarian cancer aged 21

Tuesday 3 March 2020

Sinead from Belfast was just 21 years old when she was diagnosed with ovarian cancer and had both her ovaries removed. Treatment caused her to experience early menopause and she was unable to spend time with her friends and be financially independent. Here, she tells her story. 

Michelle’s story – “I wish someone had told me that I didn’t have to stay strong or positive all the time”

Wednesday 5 February 2020

Michelle was diagnosed with Hodgkin's lymphoma in June 2017. She shares her thoughts on her mental health going through diagnosis and treatment and how she's learning what her new normal is.

Image of Michelle, a young person

Kat’s Story – “I know I have a terminal diagnosis, but Charlotte, my CLIC Sargent Social Worker, has given me life.”

Thursday 16 January 2020

Kat, 24, was told she had terminal cancer after more than a year of being misdiagnosed. In the year that followed, she began to feel completely isolated after her partner left her and she lost her two best friends. CLIC Sargent stepped in and helped her to regain her confidence.

“Christmas will be special for us this year, with it being at home as opposed to in a hospital makes it all the more special.”

Friday 6 December 2019

Ruby was just three years old when she was diagnosed with anaplastic large-cell lymphoma – and cancer. This Christmas, Ruby is starring in Signet’s Pebbles the CLIC Sargent Christmas bear campaign. Here, Ruby’s dad Paul shares her story.

“Her headstrong character and ability to say things as they were helped her to deal with everything – and stick two fingers up to cancer and just live.”

Friday 6 December 2019

Mum Sara’s beautiful daughter Emily passed away aged 13, after she was diagnosed with an inoperable glioblastoma brain tumour in 2015. The family had three years of making memories with Emily before she passed away last year. As a mum of two, Sara shares their family story this National Grief Awareness Week.

Kyle and Patricia’s story – coping with a 430 mile round-trip to treatment after being diagnosed with a rare eye cancer

Wednesday 4 December 2019

Kyle, 15, was diagnosed with a right eye ciliary melanoma in July 2019. Because of the rareness of the cancer, Kyle and his mum Patricia had to travel to Liverpool from Taunton to treatment – a 430 mile round-trip. Here, Patricia explains how the long journey to treatment has impacted on the family’s finances.

Sean’s story – “Travel for treatment was very costly. It’s hard enough going through your child having cancer, you don’t need more stress on top”

Monday 2 December 2019

Sean was diagnosed with Burkitt lymphoma in January 2014 when he was just five years old. The family had to travel from Perth to Edinburgh for treatment – an 80 mile round-trip. Mum Amanda explains how the diagnosis and travelling so far away from home had a huge financial impact.

Bilbo’s story: “I can tell you nothing will ever be as scary as my child getting cancer, if I can stare it in the face and come out the other side, I can take on the world.”

Friday 29 November 2019

Bilbo is six years old and was diagnosed with leukaemia in October 2018. This Christmas, Bilbo is starring in H. Samuel and Ernest Jones Christmas teddy bear campaign to raise vital funds for CLIC Sargent.

Philippa’s story – “The impact of travel costs can put you to breaking point”

Friday 29 November 2019

Philippa was diagnosed with Burkitts Leukaemia in September 2017 when she was just six years old. Mum Hayley and dad Gary faced a 160-mile round-trip the family’s home in Brighton to get their daughter to hospital in Southampton, where they were based for ten months.