Our world tuned upside down
On the night before Jacob was diagnosed we noticed that he had a slight lump in his stomach. We assumed it was probably a hernia and I decided to take him down to A&E to get it checked out. On 10th November 2015 after a number of tests were done at hospital, a doctor took me into a side room and sat me down and told me that Jacob had cancer. He was three years old. I was told that Jacob had what he thought, and was later confirmed, was a Wilms Tumour on Jacob’s left kidney. We were immediately told to go home, pack a bag and that next day we would travel to a hospital in Southampton that specialises in children’s cancer. Jacob then had a biopsy and we later found out that he had stage two kidney cancer and that the tumour, along with his kidney would need to be removed. He also had a Hickman Line inserted and started chemotherapy to try and shrink the tumour prior to surgery. Our whole world was turned upside down and whilst I stayed in Southampton with Jacob our family was split as my wife had to look after our other two children Joshua and Jacob’s twin sister, Bethany. The chemotherapy helped shrink the tumour slightly and Jacob was scheduled to have surgery on 15th December 2015. He underwent a nine-hour surgery and the tumour was successfully removed, along with his kidney. We even made it home for Christmas, despite hospital stays on Boxing Day and New Year’s Eve.