Coping as a family and with the help of friends
With two younger daughters to take care of it was a big strain on the family and our whole life. Lewis was an inpatient for seven months, so one of us needed to be with him, and the other needed to look after our two little girls.
My husband had to quit his job to be there for the girls and Lewis. It was a very difficult time. Fortunately, the community rallied round and was invaluable during the whole experience. Neighbours helped out whenever we needed it – and even helped us move out of our flat.
Lewis was wheelchair-bound because of the treatment’s side effects and we weren’t able to carry him up the stairs. Without this help from our friends and family we just wouldn’t have got through it.