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Little Jack Edwards from Cleobury Mortimer to start school in September
12:00pm Saturday 17th August 2013 in News
LITTLE Jack Edwards from Cleobury Mortimer starts school in September.
For most four-year-olds this is an exciting if slightly scary milestone on the journey of life.
But for Jack, who has been fighting a battle with leukaemia, it is a big step forward in his recovery.
When Jack was diagnosed at the be ginning of the year it started a gruelling spell that saw him going to Birmingham every alternative day for life saving chemotherapy.
Then in May, Jack was put on an even more intensive treatment regime involving a week in hospital followed by a week back home that went on for two months.
But Jack has responded well and he has now moved onto a ‘maintenance’ programme of treatment that will mean fewer trips to hospital and most of the treatment will be at Worcester rather than Birmingham.
“It will make life easier,” said mum Chrissie, who has two other children Jamie, who is five and Zak, who is two.
“Jack starts at Cleobury Mortimer Primary School and the teachers have told me to take him in when he is well enough.
“He is better but still has days when he feels unwell, especially with pains in his legs but we are pleased with his progress. When Jack’s treatment started he lost his hair. Then it grew back but is now coming out again.”
Chrissie, who is a single mum, says that she has been amassed by the support from local people some of whom she did not even know.
“Someone heard that I did not have a car and has let me use their Ford Mondeo which is really kind and has made such a lot of difference,” said Chrissie.
There have been a number of local fund raising to help the family including a charity football match and the sale of a calendar showing people wearing not very much frolicking in the snow.
Jack’s illness was picked up when his mum took him to the doctors with a limp.
The GP linked Jack to a case that he had seen a few years ago and so sent the infant for tests that revealed he was suffering from leukaemia.
His treatment has been aggressive and debilitating but fortunately Jack suffers from a form of the disease where the long term chances of a recovery are considered to the good.
Chrissie knows that her brave little boy still faces an ordeal with years of treatment to come and it will be a long time before he can be given a final all-clear.
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