Update: January 2022
Jacob is now 13 years old and we celebrated five years since end of treatment in October 2021. This is a big milestone as, in theory, he is no more at risk of getting acute lymphoblastic leukaemia than any other child, and he is now in the late effects clinic at hospital. He will next have a check-up in two years which does seem a long time, but is good news as his risks are so low. If he has any issues, the clinic can see him sooner, which is reassuring.
Jacob caught COVID-19 in March 2020 from school, just as schools closed for the first time, which he then spread to the rest of the family. We were initially worried with how his immune system would handle this virus but he was fine after a week. He is doing well at school, despite the home schooling, and is about to choose his GCSE options. He is not really sure what he wants to do so is choosing a broad range of subjects he enjoys. He plays a lot of golf outside of school, and as much tennis as he can in school. He is also doing his Duke of Edinburgh Bronze Award and will be going on his first overnight expedition in March 2022.
We had a lovely Christmas seeing family that we had not seen for two years and feeling positive about life getting back to normal again. It was also lovely for him to go to a Chelsea match in January, something he has not done in a long time due to the pandemic. He was very fortunate to be gifted hospitality tickets through Children with Cancer UK thanks to one of their amazing supporters. He had a meal and even met some Chelsea legends. It helped that Chelsea won on the day.