On 29th April 2021 our world fell apart when our gorgeous 12 year old son George was rushed to Addenbrookes hospital with a brain tumour.
George is our bright, inquisitive and sensitive middle child. George is the younger brother of Jamie who is 16, and the proud, protective big brother to Isabella (Issy) who is just 19 months younger than him. Our family fondly refers to George as 'Gorgeous George' as he's so caring beyond his years and gorgeous inside and out.
George had been struggling with bad headaches for three weeks, and occasional sickness - we had been up to A&E with him on several occasions and also had doctors and opticians appointments. We expressed our fear of a brain tumour and were relieved each time we were told it was Migraines, but a routine MRI would be booked to ensure this.
At the MRI a substantial brain tumour was found, and George and I were taken to Addenbrookes by ambulance that evening. George's amazing surgeon & his team operated to remove as much of the tumour as they could the following week on 6th May. We felt REALLY positive as the tumour was in an extremely difficult location, and the surgeon managed to remove around 99% of it - so we were filled with hope and positivity about the future. George recovered amazingly from the 10 hour surgery - we are so proud of his bravery.
We returned to Addenbrookes on 19th May for the results of the histology of the tumour and once again our world came crashing down around us. George has an aggressive brain tumour called a Glioblastoma. We were told it was not good news, this type of tumour is more commonly found in adults and there was no cure. We were told Radiotherapy would help to hold it at bay, but to go and enjoy our time with George as there is no cure. I will never ever be able to describe the dark place that myself and my husband were in that day, broken does not even come close.
We don't want George to be aware of the seriousness of his situation, he simply knows he needs some more treatment for what's left behind. We don't want to ruin his hugely positive outlook - he's already told my aunt that he will beat this as he's so strong. We also have to remain strong and positive for our gorgeous boy.
Along with our amazing family and close friends, we've been researching and there ARE other alternative treatment options available for George, they are just not in this country so we are raising as much as we possibly can as the financial cost is high.
We are raising money to help save George with an alternative treatment at a pioneering centre abroad, even if it only gives us a bit longer with our beautiful boy. We always have to have HOPE and we appreciate you reading this and anything you can do to help our family no matter how big or small.
With love and hope,
Louise & Matt
Jamie, George & Isabella