In December 2016 our eldest son, Daniel, was diagnosed with acute lymphoblastic leukaemia. He started feeling ill in October and was subsequently admitted to hospital at the beginning of December. He was very unwell as well as being very frightened of the numerous medical investigations he had to endure including blood tests, bone marrow biopsies and lumbar punctures. In addition he had to take many medications to include intravenous, spinal and oral chemotherapy. He also had to spend the Christmas immediately after his diagnosis in hospital.
Daniel received a large proportion of his first 6 months of treatment, out of a total of 3 and a half years, 185 miles from home in The Royal Hospital for Children in Glasgow. CLIC Sargent was able to provide a room in Marion’s House, a ‘home from home’ just around the corner from the hospital for families being treated for cancer. This is truly an invaluable resource. We had this room for 8 weeks, allowing us all to be together, including our 3 year old son, as much as possible especially on Christmas morning. At such times as this the importance of having a ‘space’ where our family can be together cannot be underestimated. CLIC Sargent also provided a financial grant to help us continue our journey to fight Daniel’s illness.
We are delighted to say 21 months after completing his treatment Daniel is doing very well. We will always be eternally grateful to our family and friends for their continuing support throughout Daniels treatment and his ongoing follow up.