We are privileged to offer a section on our new website for personal stories from families who are going or have gone through the cancer journey. We hope that the stories published here offer comfort, reassurance, help and support to families in times of need and loneliness.
We are very grateful to Katharine and Sharon for submitting their stories as the first entries on what we hope will become a valuable outlet for parents and families. If you would like to submit your own personal story for consideration, then we would be delighted to hear from you.
I was diagnosed with cancer aged 12. My school life, friendships and family relations changed overnight but I feel my cancer has made me stronger as a person. Having cancer as a child is a big part of who I am today. I'm a survivor and I'm very proud of that!
Written by Katherine Greenshields
20 July 2011
My son Owen was diagnosed with an ependymoma brain tumour at the age of two and four months. He underwent nine hours of neurosurgery and 16 months of intensive chemotherapy. When his tumour recurred and spread to his spine, he had further chemotherapy and radiotherapy. Owen sadly died at the age of six. His life although far too short, was full.
Written by Sharon Dempsey
23 June 2011