Like many people, I count my blessings every day and pray for my loved ones to stay healthy, happy and safe.
But sometimes……that isn’t enough.
Sometimes the unthinkable happens.
For me, the most unthinkable, unimaginable thing would be for my child to become seriously ill.
I’m still counting my blessings, because my son is fine, however we recently discovered that one of his school friends is not.
A little boy in Seb’s class has bone cancer in his arm, his name is Jude.
It started a few months ago as a pain that gradually got worse and then rapidly unbearable. It soon became very clear to his parents (one of whom is a nurse) that his condition could be serious.
He was quickly referred to a specialist hospital in Birmingham which specialises in bone cancer for an urgent biopsy.
Sadly, their worst fears were confirmed.
And cruelly they also discovered the cancer had spread to his lung.
Struggling to cope with the news themselves, they informed the school and Jude’s teacher addressed the class together to explain what was happening.
The children and parents in the whole school are devastated…..everyone finds it so hard to comprehend that this is happening to ‘one of ours’.
Jude has started his first run of chemo which will last ten weeks. He’ll then have an operation followed by another twenty weeks of chemo at the Children’s Hospital in Manchester.
I can’t begin to imagine how his lovely parents or three brothers (and they are all so very lovely) have adjusted to the news and the realities of supporting your child/brother through such harrowing treatment.
But they have adjusted and they are doing amazingly well.
They are still doing school runs and activities for their other sons whilst Jude undergoes his treatment.
They are all inspiringly strong and very brave.
However, the most amazing person in this story is Jude himself, who has approached his diagnosis and treatment with outstanding bravery and determination.
I am in awe at how he is resolutely refusing to give in to the cancer and let it dampen his spirits despite the many awful side effects of the treatment.
In short, Jude is a little hero.
His lovely mum was telling me the other day that they have started keeping a list of all the things he wants to do when he’s better.
I thought that was such a wonderful idea, keeping him focused on recovery, imagining and visualising doing all the things he wants to do when he’s better.
As parents, friends and a school community, you feel helpless and powerless watching such good people go through the unimaginable.
Which is why we have decided to do something….because doing nothing seems inconceivable.
There is an undeniable human instinct to reach out and show them that we’re all supporting them.
So mums, dads, teachers and children are joining together and signing up to take park in ‘Park Run’ to raise money which will go directly to the family to help ease the financial impact that such an illness can create; providing help with travel costs, hospital parking etc.
I hope it will also mean that they have the financial means to make life a little more enjoyable and bearable for them all during this unimaginable time.
And I hope with all my heart……that it will provide the means for Jude to tick all the things off his wish list when he’s better.
If you would like to sponsor us and help Jude and his family, please donate via our ‘Hey Jude’ Just Giving page.
Thank You So Much