Archives: Stories

Orlando’s story – being a CLIC Sargent social worker

Wednesday 5 June 2019

CLIC Sargent employs 120 social workers across the UK. They are the expert friend when cancer threatens to destroy young lives. Here Orlando, one of our social workers in Birmingham, talks about his job.

Seren’s story – diagnosed with ovarian cancer aged 19

Monday 25 March 2019

Seren started feeling unwell during her first year at university and thought it was due to going out too much.

Seren and her boyfriend Josh at a music festival

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

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