And so the story starts like this.

My 10 year old son has become an internet sensation.  He has 5600+ followers on Facebook, is on first name terms with AFC Bournemouth, has a new bestie in his all time football hero and has raised over Β£2600 for Cancer Research.

At the beginning of 2016, Felix was merrily kicking a ball around without a care in the world, oblivious to what was about to hit him.  The youngest, was idolising every single kick that his big brother Felix was making.  At the same time our 11 year old daughter was lolling in her room, desperately trying to get 70+ likes and taking endless selfies.  My husband and I were looking forward to a year where things were getting easier again.  The kids were getting older, we were getting more sleep, we could start to be a bit more spontaneous again.  It felt like we were embarking on a new phase in our life.

On 28th January 2016, Felix was diagnosed with Acute Lymphoblastic Leukaemia at Poole Hospital following a routine blood test.  This is now our Brave New World; this is now our new normal.

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14 thoughts on “And so the story starts like this.

  1. Iv been following Felix his an inspiration and I talk about Felix to my Grandchildren my youngest fraya said nan is he ur favourite boy I said he is a very special boy who is poorly n all of us can help him by leaving little messages n praising Felix for his strength n bravery so from Mary n grandchildren lots of love is sent your way xxπŸ’œπŸ’›πŸ’š

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  2. I feel like I am going through this with your family. I look forward every day to hear how you are all doing. I pray things will get better. I send you courage and love and admire your positivity. Such a beautiful family.

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  3. Felix makes me laugh and cry , happy yet sad, but most of all I am humbled by his bravery along with his family. We are all with you on your journey and know it will have a happy ending.

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  4. I am the grandmother of one of Felix’s many school friends. I love my grandson to bits. He looks a bit like Felix and when I see Felix going through the various stages of his treatment it makes me wonder how his parents ,sister, aunties and uncles and grandparents would be feeling. I know that I would feel sick to my stomach and feel that my world had completely caved in. You must be feeling that way too. I hold my hat up to you and your family for the dignity you have all shown in what must be the scariest time of your lives. Obviously I couldn’t put this on Felix’s blog so it’s nice to have the opportunity to say well done to you all. Your community are out here waiting to help in any way they can. Call on us. Share with us. I know I can speak for my family – anything, anytime. I send you all my good wishes for Felix’s speedy return to full health xx

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  5. Wow what an amazing and brave boy your son Felix is! πŸ’• Love reading his posts on Facebook (serious but mainly funny) and giving him words of encouragement along the way.
    Praying for a speedy recovery for such a lovely boy!!!
    Big hugs to you and your family.
    πŸ’™πŸ’šπŸ’œβ€οΈπŸ’›

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  6. Sending best wishes to you, Felix and the family. My son has survived two different types of cancer and it’s important to raise awareness of childhood cancers so well done for all the publicity. Looking forward to reading your blog. Marie πŸŽ—

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  7. From the second you said Felix had been diagnosed, I felt like it couldn’t be true! Not Felix! Not the boy who stood the tallest and biggest in the line with Harvey from when they were in reception at school. Not the boy who I always thought was so much like mine and who always looked so healthy and so strong! Not Felix who, when I helped out at school, always had a massive smile for me?! No way!

    As a Mum, I can only imagine what it’s like for you and, quite frankly, that is bad enough. I think your family has been so dignified and Felix’s blog bring me to tears on a regular basis. Everyone deals with these things in a different way – I think a blog for you is a great idea. While it helps you, it will likely help others who get that terrible news that they are about to start a new chapter in their life and it will also help us to support you.

    We’re not besties – we’re just Mum’s whose boys play footie in the playground together and are mates at school, but I’m here for you all – anytime – and I genuinely mean that. Never be afraid or embarrassed to ask for help.

    Stay strong but don’t be too hard on yourself – you’re allowed to crack occasionally you know. It must be tough holding it all together but, I guess that’s what Mum’s do. 😘😘😘

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  8. Felix is so bright and cheerful, with a brilliant cheeky side. his posts are always a joy to read,despite what kind of day he has had. Its so nice that you have now started your diary, and i look forward to reading it. i often find myself thinking about you and your family as i read Felix’s post, usually through teary eyes where he has written something so funny. i often refer to Felix as my ‘little friend’ even though i have never met him, maybe now i can call you my ‘friend’ too. I wish you well with the writing of your blog and just remember even just a few words is plenty.. Good Luck my friend xx

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  9. From one Oncology Mum to another can I say what an excellent idea writing it all down, getting those thoughts, demons, worries and anxieties in one place and then closing that chapter. Nobody will ever know unless they have been through this just ‘ how it is’. I have described it as being blown up and then rebuilding and picking up the pieces. I will start to log my feelings instead of harbouring them to fester. Good look Team Brown love Team Barriball ❀️

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    1. It has really helped getting it all out! I felt as though my head was like a washing machine – I needed to try to make sense of it all. I agree, it is definitely like being blown up – those first couple of months were so tough. Now it does feel as though we’re putting the pieces back together a bit but in a different way than they were before. I hope you publish your thoughts and feelings, I’d love to read them. Much love to Team Barriball πŸ’›

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  10. Our youngest son was diagnosed with Acute Lymphoblastic Leukaemia Nov’12 aged 12yrs. He had is last treatment at the end of Feb’16 and things are going well, he’s sitting his GSE’s, returned to Rugby, has a girl friend and life is good, returning to normal, albeit a different normal. The kids that go through this come out the other side with an inner strength that is incredible, and so do their families. You sound like you all have positive determination, which will stand you in good stead for this roller coaster ride xx

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    1. I love hearing stories like this. Thank you so much Simon for sharing your positivity and experience of ALL. Good luck to your son in his GCSEs and do good to hear life is looking forward for you all. Much love to you and your family πŸ’›

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      1. Thank you fir your reply and best wishes. I totally identity with yours and Felix’s emotions, it sounds like you all have a well balanced and positive take on this horrible disease. Keeping control of the worry bug or as we called it the worry monster is sometimes hard to do, as worrying is a natural, but futile exercise. Whether you realise yet, or not, you are an amazing family. Sending you all big hugs and positive vibes xx

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