Sunday, 24 September 2017

Missing Education due to Illness

Missing Education Due to Illness, bellybuttonpanda.co.uk

The Importance of Attendance

If you read any news articles on education, correspondence from your child’s school, or are simply clued up on parenting then you will know the importance of attendance. Schools place a great deal of focus on targets and will often offer incentives and competitions to encourage and increase attendance figures, but what if your child has a serious illness. What happens if they really are not well enough to attend school. What happens then?

Sunday, 6 August 2017

Three Months Cancer Free


Cancer Free

Yesterday 5th August 2017 we hit a new milestone. Three months post chemo and cancer free. I can't believe the progress Ryan has made, it has astounded even me. The doctors are impressed and I'm impressed. His hair is growing back beautifully. It just looks like a really short crew cut now. He has put on a wonderful amount of weight that puts him now absolutely on the typical average scale for his height and age. He also no longer has Adrenal Insufficiency either which surprised even the doctors that he recovered so quickly.

Sunday, 4 June 2017

Chemotherapy Cycle 6: End of treatment.

SMILE Chemotherapy Cycle: End of Cancer Treatment


End of treatment.


I genuinely didn't think we would get this point. The last two years and eight months have been a blur of stress. Yet coming to the end of treatment coincides perfectly with Cancer Survivors Day on June 4th so what better way to mark this day than with our own survivor story.

Sunday, 21 May 2017

Adrenal Insufficiency



As a result of the steroid chemotherapy that Ryan has been on for his Lymphoma treatment, he has developed Adrenal Insufficiency. This is hopefully a temporary condition that will improve once chemotherapy treatment has finished, however, only time will tell.

Sunday, 30 April 2017

Cycle 5

With this being our penultimate cycle I have had several family and friends comment to me “oh I bet you can't wait to get back to normal”. This has really thrown and upset me because it seems to come across that they have failed to comprehend the fact that we have 2-3 years of maintenance ahead, at least 2 more general anesthetic surgeries. Not to mention physiotherapy as it is expected Ryan will take 12+ months to heal from the effects of being poisoned from the inside out. Normal is long way off yet.

Sunday, 23 April 2017

Febrile Neutropenia


Medicine, vial, chemo, bottles



Ryan completed chemotherapy cycle 4 of 6 in March. We were discharged and managed a week at home before he was unfortunately admitted to Carmarthen hospital with febrile neutropenia. This is a whole body reaction to an infection when there is a low immunity due to chemotherapy. His temperature reached 40.1C and his lymphocyte white blood cell count was 0.2. When the count falls below 1, this is called neutropenia and infections become a high risk.

Thursday, 6 April 2017

Cycle 4

Epstein-Barr Virus Lymphoma



Ryan's lymphoma is being driven by the Epstein-Barr Virus which causes glandular fever. The EBV invaded his T-cells whilst he had Glandular Fever and turned them cancerous causing dysplastic lymph cells to grow in his throat resulting in a soft tissue tumour forming.

Monday, 3 April 2017

APRIL is Autism Awareness Month

April Autism Awareness Month

The  whole of April is given over to Autism Awareness Month with hundreds of activities and events taking place to raise awareness and much needed funds for charity.

It begins with World Autism Awareness Week taking place every year from 27th March and cumulates with World Autism Day celebrated on 2nd April each year. The week aims to raise awareness, with educational events, exhibitions, social media posts and discussions, bringing people from all walks of life together.

Sunday, 2 April 2017

Myths and Misconceptions

Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world. ~ Nelson Mandela.



Autism Myths

The aim of our blog is to educate and help just 1 person to support their child better. We hope to change perceptions of Autism and living with an invisible challenge; but with so many myths and misconceptions out there it really is a 1 step forward, 2 steps back process, although that is half the fun of constantly challenging ourselves to find new ways of getting our message across.

Monday, 13 March 2017

Malnutrition


Nutrition and Hydration Week



To coincide with national Nutrition and Hydration week, I thought it would good to share with you Ryan’s experience of malnutrition as a result of his lymphoma diagnosis.

Malnutrition is a common problem among patients with cancer, affecting up to 85% of patients with certain cancers. In severe cases, malnutrition can progress to cachexia, a specific form of malnutrition characterised by loss of lean body mass, muscle wasting, and impaired immune, physical and mental function.