The come back kid
I had cancer, but I got through it
Version of Record online: 13 AUG 2008
© 2008 The Authors. Journal compilation © 2008 Blackwell Publishing Ltd
British Journal of Learning Disabilities
Volume 36, Issue 3, pages 152–156, September 2008
How to Cite
Cresswell, A. and Tuffrey-Wijne, I. (2008), The come back kid. British Journal of Learning Disabilities, 36: 152–156. doi: 10.1111/j.1468-3156.2008.00515.x
- Issue online: 13 AUG 2008
- Version of Record online: 13 AUG 2008
- learning disabilities;
- life history;
- • I had cancer, but I got better. This story is about what happened in my life, and about having cancer.
- • I was born with cerebral palsy and learning disabilities. My mum died of cancer when I was 14. It was difficult because she never told me that she was ill. It would have been better to know.
- • I went to my GP when my cancer started, but he kept saying there was nothing wrong. In the end, I was taken to hospital because I collapsed.
- • The first hospital never explained anything to me. I didn’t know what was going on, and I was very scared.
- • My doctor in the second hospital told me I had cancer. He explained everything. My doctor and carers helped me to decide what to do. I had chemotherapy (strong cancer medicine in a drip) and radiotherapy (a cancer treatment which is a bit like having an X-ray). It was hard but I knew I didn’t want to die.
- • My life is wonderful now. Having cancer made me stronger.
- • Doctors and nurses should know that it is really important people are told about their cancer. They should tell people in a way that they can understand.