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Felix's Story

Felix was diagnosed with acute lymphoblastic leukaemia (ALL) on 26th January 2016. He was just 10 years old at the time. His mum, Kerry, tells their story so far:

Felix He has also had a number of blood transfusions

We are a regular family, a husband, wife, three kids and a dog. We have dreams, hopes and ambition. We used to think we took nothing for granted. We used to think that we appreciated the small things. We used to think we had it tough at times.

Little did we know what was around the corner that would challenge all of the above.

Felix likening himself to a kiwi fruit.

He was only 10 years old

Felix was diagnosed with Acute Lymphoblastic Leukaemia on January 26th 2016. Our middle child was 10 years old at the time and had just returned from a three day residential trip with the school. We guessed nothing; we didn’t see it coming at all. There had been a few clues: tiredness, moodiness, odd infections, pains in his legs but we put them all down to it being winter and his hormones. Following a rather unusual infection, Google had led me to a possible cause which our GP agreed to do a routine blood test to rule out. It most definitely ruled it out, replacing instead with a cancer diagnosis.

Those early months are tough to think about now. We were all shell-shocked, numb almost paralysed. We were immediately thrown into a whole new world of oncology; portacaths, steroid treatment, chemotherapy, side effects, sickness, weight gain, personality change and stays in hospital. Our son was hurting both physically, emotionally and his brother and sister were hurting watching him suffer whilst the adults around struggled to manage their emotions. Friends and family far and wide were hurting, wanting to help, unsure what to do, the ripple effect was huge.


Felix and brother in AFCB Bournemouth football shirts

Getting used to treatment

As the months went on this whole new world became more familiar. New routines evolved where the children were not so alarmed if a different person came to collect them from school or their nanny and pops were looking after them because mum and dad were in hospital with Felix. Felix became used to the lumbar punctures, the IV chemo that made his sick, and the weakness in his legs, his hair falling out. Then came the horrific mouth ulcers, the long hospitals stays due to infection and the steroid rages.


Boy Felix with chemotherapy tables

Treatment will last three years

Felix’s treatment for ALL will last three years and three months. In this time he will start secondary school and become a teenager with ALL riding on his shoulder. England may well even win the world cup! Who knows what else will happen. What we do know is that having a child with cancer can happen to anyone. It has changed our dreams, hopes and ambitions. We now appreciate the small things and better understand what tough times are. We are now looking forward to the future and relishing the small things; meal times together, all three kids being at school, us being at work because a year ago we were in a completely different world. Every day we appreciate our friends and family who continue to love and support us through treatment. We also value the work of charities who do all they can to support families and fund research into cancer treatment for children. This is our story.
Kerry, mum June 2017

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