Archives: Stories

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

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

Thursday 30 August 2018

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

Lucien’s story – We lived in the hospital

Thursday 30 August 2018

Stacie’s son Lucien was diagnosed with Rhabdomyosarcoma - a cancerous tumour - in May 2015 when he was two years old. Here Stacie explains how their CLIC Sargent Social Worker Judith at Sheffield Children’s Hospital is helping them cope with cancer and its treatment.

Lucien wearing a fireman's hat

Seb’s story – It’s just a different world, a cancer world

Thursday 30 August 2018

Seb was diagnosed with bladder and prostate cancer at just 18 months old. His family was supported by CLIC Sargent while he underwent treatment.

Seb wearing a Superman costume