For the families I support, the pandemic has added a whole new layer of threat. But it hasn't stopped us being there for those who need us.
You have to keep it together for your health, but mainly for your child.
I had Hodgkin's Lymphoma for the best part of three years so I've got a fair amount of experience in the combination of food and cancer. I was diagnosed in November 2014, and my food journey was a massive part of that, although I should emphasise that everyone responds to treatment differently and has a different experience with food.
My relationship with food changed massively both during and after treatment. I experienced many different cravings, some more weird than others - my favourite being Monster Munch Flamin' Hot, with a yoghurt mint dip from the Indian takeaway.
When I was diagnosed with cancer at the age of 17 it was a testing time. I was pretty much in denial and an array of emotions came over me, yeah I knew something was wrong, but I never thought it would be cancer.
'It is vital to ensure every child not only survives, but thrives.'
More children and young people who have been diagnosed with cancer are surviving than ever before, a report has shown. The
Before CLIC Sargent got us a place there, Tim was sleeping on the floor next to Luke's hospital bed, and I was in a family room at the hospital, sleeping on a camp bed, with Euan in a Moses basket. Billy's House obviously wasn't the same as being at home, but we were at least nearby to Luke and the staff were so lovely.
A couple of years ago I was diagnosed with testicular cancer and I survived, but my left bollock didn't. Because some cancer treatments can affect your fertility, before it all started I had the option to bank some sperm, which was a pretty odd experience.
Doing this job has brought my Christmas back. I couldn't face Christmas in the same way, because of what that day mean to us. But then when I was working in the house and I saw children and parents putting the tree up together and it brought everything back to me.