My beautiful 16-year-old daughter Chloe Cooper has been fighting Hodgkin’s Lymphoma stage two – Cancer since last year. She has finished treatment now and has a 5 year wait and two monthly X-rays to then hear whether she is in remission.
Chloe fought this fight whilst studying for and sitting her GCSE exams, despite ‘chemo brain’ affecting her constructing sentences, hearing and speaking well, Chloe was studying hard between chemotherapy treatments and was sharing her study notes. Chloe had a great deal of stiffening and pain in her limbs and jaw, and many chemo side effects but passed all of her GCSE’s really well through them all and is now doing really well at college.
Whilst Chloe was sitting her GCSE’S, she also had to go to the Royal Marsden in Sutton (from Surrey) the same days for chemo therapy, and many times whilst waiting for the chemo drugs to arrive, we almost missed the treatment closing time of the clinic.. she would sit a GCSE exam, and was driven to the Royal Marsden each day straight after each one to have chemotherapy, and then she had the chemo side effects during her exams the next day to contend with – doing her next exam.
My point is this, I have many though… The Royal Marsden in Sutton, in our experience has been invaluable. The kindness & support, the specialist Doctors call line and assisting every single patient before treatment and over the phone as a 24hour service. How sweet, kind and the staff’s rapport with our kids – their hearts and expertise are very evidently within their jobs and roles.
I had support from a counsellor there – one of the best, and Chloe had access to psychological support from them at any! time. They did all they could to help my girl feel Ok with what was not really. They are so kind and supportive when and where it really matters most. The experts there teach the parents everything they need to know – every! single little thing. Any questions are answered, everything is explained and shown. They performed Chloe’s PICC line insertion there on site and Chloe’s chest and neck were far too congested with cancerous lumps… they managed it all there! I am so Thankful for so much.
If we did not have access to the Royal Marsden in Surrey, Chloe could not have done her exams and got through – and passed her GCSE exams. That’s a fact, we cut it way to fine trying, and we pulled together with the Royal Marsden chemo clinic Management and nursing teams to accomplish this. What an amazing team they! make with parents for children.
I would like to just beg you to fight against the entirety and awe inspiring – Great, great, great resource, our kids need it Sir, they do. We’re just a prime example.