Our Pal - Lewis Brian B
- Born: 18/11/2008
- Illness: Acute Lymphoblastic Leukaemia (ALL)
- Status: Current
- Home Page:
C/O 12 Pippins Approach
NB: this is a forwarding address for the Pal, we do NOT disclose home addresses
- Parents/Guardians - Michele and Paul
- Interests - Lewis enjoys swimming when he is well enough, Minecraft, Lego, Roblox, gaming. Lewis loves school, he loves all animals, especially dogs and wants to get a pug when his treatment is finished (March 2019)
- Favourite Colour - Blue
- Able to read? - Yes
- Able to use hands? - Yes
- Visually/hearing impaired? - No
- Suffers from any developmental delay? - No
Siblings - aged 3 to 16 wishing to receive post
About - Lewis Brian B
Story Written 2016
Lewis was diagnosed with acute lymphoblastic leukaemia in November 2015, he was six years old. Lewis had collapsed at home and was taken to our local hospital where a simple blood test revealed he had cancer of the blood. From there, he and his family were taken by ambulance to the Leeds General Infirmary paediatric oncology unit.
Treatment began straight away and a once lively and vocal Lewis quickly turned into a bed bound, tired and poorly little lad. He needed lots of red blood cell transfusions and platelets to support him as the chemotherapy destroyed his bone marrow so his cancer would too be destroyed.
There were many side effects to this initial stage of treatment – dexamethasone (a steroid) gave him diabetes which required finger pricks 3-4 times daily and an injection of insulin to his stomach. Another chemo drug caused a thrombus in Lewis’ popliteal artery from which he still is unable to walk on his left leg. There was also the daily Tinzaparin injections to thin his blood to cure the thrombus which Lewis found very painful.
Something called a port was implanted into Lewis’ chest so blood samples could be taken more easily and the intravenous chemo given. This got infected. Lewis had a nasty infection to fight off over the next two weeks while having chemo.
Lewis missed his seventh birthday and Christmas as he was an inpatient for eight weeks. Battling on, Lewis attended school in his wheelchair with a sick bowl close to hand. The first eight months have been hard for him with numerous re-admissions for infections. In the future, Lewis wants to meet Dan TDM, have hair and be able to run. At the end of treatment (March 2019) Lewis wants a pug puppy.