The family pulls together
When Lucas was born in June 2010, the doctors knew immediately that something was wrong. He had a huge distended stomach and was rushed straight to intensive care at Queens Medical Centre, Nottingham. Four days later, we were told that Lucas had neuroblastoma.
Neuroblastoma is the second most common solid tumour in childhood, affecting just under 100 children a year in Britain. And our little Lucas was one of them. Lucas’s mum Lydia and dad Luke stayed with him in hospital for the full four weeks, they just didn’t want to leave his side.
I stayed with them for about three days, and it was a struggle just to get them to have a quick coffee or a sandwich. They had a huge fear that something would happen in the minutes they were away, but thankfully, everything was ok.
Despite the difficulties and needing to give Lucas so much attention, Lydia and Luke stayed strong for their family – Lucas has a sister, Caitlin, and brother, Lathan. It was important to them that their children never felt left out, and they all pulled together as a family.