Aidan Appeal

Cancer took Aidan to a bad place. But Barretstown pulled him back into the light again

The Diagnosis

The Diagnosis

Aidan was just 4 years old. For months he had been getting sore legs. My wife Leonie and I took him to our GP, who suspected it was down to growing pains. Then one morning Aidan couldn’t walk down the stairs. We were sent off to Crumlin for a blood test. Straightaway we got the diagnosis. Our little boy had cancer. Acute lymphoblastic leukemia. Our world broke to pieces. We thought we might lose Aidan.

I saw Aidan go from a happy little boy, and loving big brother to our little girl Maya, to someone who had become quiet and withdrawn. Aidan stopped talking. He stopped smiling. He would communicate to us by shakes or nods of his head. He was going into himself.

The Treatment

The Treatment

Early on in his treatment, he got sepsis, a blood infection. He spent a month in hospital. We thought we might lose Aidan. Thankfully we didn’t. But Aidan wasn’t the same little boy who went into hospital. Every day I had to watch my son being forced to do things that caused him pain. As his dad, it was my job to protect him, and to take his pain away. But I couldn’t do anything.

Home for Christmas

Home for Christmas

On Christmas Eve, Aidan was still very sick, but thankfully we were able to bring him home. It was such a shock for Maya, who was only three, to see her big brother so sick. He was bloated and weak and he had lost all of his hair.

Between November and December, Aidan had spent four weeks in hospital, including a weekend in ICU. I know during that whole time he didn’t feel anything like a regular child anymore.

A Lasting Impact

A Lasting Impact

After Christmas when Aidan was coming through the worst of his treatment, Barretstown offered us a place in one of their camps. It came at just the right time for us. For my whole family, it was like entering a magical world. A world that was all about children having fun. In camp, Aidan got to meet other children who had cancer. He saw them taking their tablets. They showed each other their Freddies and talked about their injections. Like Aidan, a lot of campers had lost their hair.

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