Thomas was born on 17th August 2009. Until 20th January 2011 he led a normal, healthy life. He attended nursery 3 days a week and caused the usual toddler amount of mischief there and at home. We had the normal parental anxieties about him – what do you do when you’re told by the nursery that he bit someone!? – but we had no idea what would hit us.
Thomas was diagnosed with an anaplastic ependymoma after a fit on 20th January. This is a rare, aggressive brain tumour that mainly affects children. It has already come back once despite surgery and chemotherapy. The next stage is more aggressive brain surgery and proton therapy in the United States. This therapy is Thomas’s last chance to fight the cancer.
We wait to hear whether all the tumour gets removed at his surgery. If it is all removed we can begin to make plans for the US.
How can you help us?
Thank you so much for the thoughts, cards and gifts we have received in the last few months – we have been overwhelmed. Over the next few weeks as the situation about Thomas treatment plan becomes clearer we are going to put together some suggestions for links to charities and other suggestions that we have.
Who are Becca & Ted?
Becca & Ted are Thomas’ parents. Becca is pregnant and due to have our second baby on 29th June. Becca has been off work since Thomas’ fit. Becca & Ted both work as junior doctors in Merseyside. They have had tremendous support from family and friends and are so grateful to them and to everyone else who have given them support over the last few months.