We took Matilda for a routine eye check-up
We had taken Matilda to hospital as she had been experiencing pain in her neck, but the hospital just thought she had had neck pain. So we carried on and we were due to take Matilda for a routine eye check-up. During this check-up, it became clear Matilda wasn’t able to read the biggest letters on the chart. The optician then checked Matilda’s eyes and found she had raised pressure within her brain. We were told to go to hospital straight away, so we took her to Moorfields Eye Hospital. They did some checks and said the problem wasn’t her eye. We were rushed to another hospital and were soon being told that Matilda had a tumour the size of a plum in her head.
A week earlier a boy in her school had died of a brain tumour and every kind of scenario runs through your head. Meanwhile, we had to stay as strong as we possibly could and somehow let our lovely child know what was happening to her. We decided we had to tell her and be honest with her and to try and tell her without frightening her. We explained that she had a big tumour inside her and it was a bit like a big blob. Matilda quickly nicknamed the tumour, Bob the blob. She was okay, but could sense the anxiety in us.