William was diagnosed with Hodgkin’s Lymphoma in May 2023, at the age of 14.

 

Now 15, William’s mum describes how lucky she feels to be his mum, “He is very loving, caring, and determined.”

The family first noticed signs William was unwell in 2021. Struggling with aches and fatigue he was frequently absent from school. After initially being diagnosed with long Covid his health continued to deteriorate and he lost the use of his legs.

In 2023 scans revealed a large mass in William’s chest. It marked the start of their cancer journey.

My initial reaction, strangely, was relief. Motherly instinct had told me there was something seriously wrong; now he could get the treatment he needed.

How did PASIC make a difference? 

“On the days when you’re struggling to get through, they are there with a friendly smile, message, or phone call.”

PASIC Support Worker Joanne continues to play a massive role in the family’s lives, ensuring William’s time in the hospital is as positive as possible. The comfort bags provided the family with essentials for their hospital stay, with William still taking the blanket included with him to every appointment.

PASIC also assisted the family with travel costs and food shopping.

“It’s not easy asking for help with money, but sometimes the unexpected arises, and PASIC understands and is happy to help.”

“Their support doesn’t end; there are gifts for the children at Christmas and Easter, fantastic parties for our families to get together and catch up, days out for all ages, and when my son rang the bell, he received a special present. He will remember these forever.”

William is now in remission and looking forward to participating in more PASIC activities.

 

What would you tell other families?

I would highly recommend asking about counseling; it really helped me process my feelings and realise it’s okay if you don’t have all the answers. You’re doing enough just by getting through the day.