12 weeks initial chemotherapy treatment
Our local hospital wanted to send Joshua to Great Ormond Street Children’s Hospital up in London. Unfortunately he also had the rotavirus – a severe stomach bug – which meant that he would be a danger to the other children there. Instead we went to Addenbrooke’s in Cambridge where Joshua would spend 12 weeks having his first chemotherapy
treatment. Cambridge is a long way from Ashford. Amber had started school only the week before and we had to split up our family. I went up to Cambridge to be with Joshua whilst Pippa and Amber stayed in Kent so that she could at least continue with school. It was just so hard to be apart from each other. Joshua became very unwell in hospital – he lost 17lbs in three weeks, a huge amount of his total weight. It got to the stage that he couldn’t support his own head, so I’d sit on the bed with him, cross-legged so that he could at least sit up by leaning on me. Joshua ended up being fed through a tube for a whole year, whilst taking a whole variety of chemotherapy medications and steroids as he battled through. The next three years of our lives became daily chemotherapy, hospital visits and constant worry.