Posted on Thursday 30 August 2018

Imogen’s story – Diagnosed with cancer at four-years-old

Imogen was diagnosed with cancer when she was four-years-old, after developing an ache and a lump in her stomach. Mum Miranda said: “The moment of diagnosis was a complete shock. It felt like falling off a cliff.”

Imogen wearing a tiara

Imogen during her cancer treatment, wearing a tiara

Treatment started straight away and Imogen had eight weeks of chemotherapy and 10 days of radiotherapy. It was tough for her but Laura, her CLIC Sargent Play Specialist really helped Imogen understand her treatment. 

“Imogen was able to be so brave because of the help Laura gave her. She was calm and she would do everything she could to get it right. I don’t know how they do what they do. They manage to make it [such a] shared relationship of trust with the child.” 

When your child is diagnosed with cancer you learn to live each day and and appreciate it

Imogen is doing well now. Miranda said: “We are in a place now where we are appreciating the little happy times. They are what it’s all about, like dancing around in the kitchen or playing together. Those are the important ones.” 

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