Lex starts school despite chemotherapy
Within 24 hours Lex was diagnosed with ALL and began what would amount to over three years of chemotherapy.
Lex was due to start his very first day at school that September. We were all determined that his illness would not prevent or spoil such a landmark occasion.
Although he had had surgery to fit a portacath (a device for administering drugs and taking blood samples) just a few days before school started, that didn’t stop him: Lex put on his new uniform and attended his first day at school.
Despite being confined to a Major Buggy and rapidly losing his hair, Lex made friends who gave him the confidence to move around the school by himself. Lex would refuse support and slowly climb the stairs to the school hall. He participated in assemblies and sports days – choosing to play the crowd and lie down in the middle of a race, to great comic effect, rather than admit defeat.
Frequent stays in hospital meant missing a lot of schooling. Despite this, Lex is one of the highest achievers in his class.