Matilda is now a national gymnastics champion
I’m very proud to say five years on Matilda is now a national gymnastics champion. But not a day goes by when I don’t think about childhood cancer, Matilda and all the other families we met. The whole experience was a bit like being on a rollercoaster. It was immediately very scary and unsettling, then after a few weeks you sort of get into a routine. You’re then told that you can take your child home and you leave the safety net of the hospital and wonder what has happened, is this constantly going to go on? During all this you see a whole cycle of parents coming in at different stages onto this rollercoaster. We still get nervous when we take her for an MRI scan and think we always will. People say she looks fine, but she looked fine for five years as the tumour grew inside her. She wears glasses and occasionally has eye problems, but we’ve been extremely lucky. 10 years ago they couldn’t have got to where they did in the operation that saved her. We are extremely grateful for the research, all the wonderful staff who helped her and everyone that paved a way to help her. Matilda has made and sold loom bands for charity, she knows how important others have been in her being with us today.