Lucy's story

Lucy was diagnosed with a pituitary blastoma, a type of brain tumour when she was seven months old. Her mum Sarah shares their story:

A small girl receiving treatment

Lucy's story

Lucy was diagnosed with pituitary blastoma, a type of brain tumour when she was seven months old. Watch this video as Lucy’s mum, Sarah share their story with us.

Charity Fundraising

We have been doing various little bits and pieces to generate some fundraising for Children with Cancer UK. I ran a chocolate tombola, sold refreshments at Ben’s school panto and the school helped me to run a little raffle. We have made £309 which is going towards my cousin Anjie’s fundraising – she’s taking part in lots of runs including the Virgin Money London Marathon.

Lucy fights her little heart out every day, nearly always with a smile and a wave. Her resilience and spirit are inspirational. Lucy is still under close observation but thanks to research and treatment, we feel really positive about the future.0

Lucy sits on a rug outside.

Update on Lucy, now three years old

I am pleased to report that we have had a good year. Lucy has not had to endure any surgery or chemotherapy.

Lucy is now at a nursery school and goes for 2.5hrs a day, five days a week. She is still unable to walk unaided but, with support, is becoming increasingly more confident. Her speech is coming on really well and she can count to ten and has started to be able to identify some colours.

Lucy still relies on an NG tube for fluids but she is currently eating well. We are having MRI scans every three months, under general anaesthetic. The last one in October showed ‘no significant change’ to the previous one. She has another booked for Jan 2015.

We are looking forward (hopefully) to a happy and healthy(ish) Christmas!

Although Lucy hasn’t had any active treatments for a while we have never had a conversation with the doctors where the word remission has been used.  She undergoes regular monitoring.  Also her lifelong health problems haven’t been caused by the intensive treatment she’s received, but more from the location and nature of the tumour itself.

Sarah, Lucy’s mum (January 2019)

Lucy smiles, holding onto a metal fence.

Update: February 2022

Lucy continues to be closely monitored by the children’s hospital. Thankfully the remnant of the tumour has remained stable. However, the endocrine conditions she lives with as a result of the tumour are lifelong. The doctors don’t think she will get through puberty without medical intervention. Sometimes it feels like everyday brings a new challenge for her. Currently we are waiting to see which secondary school she will go to. There is a lot to think about.

Lucie with glasses looking at camera smiling Feb 2022 small (1)

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