Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Insight into Realities of Cancer Battle; Bradley's Mum Speaks of Heartache

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Insight into Realities of Cancer Battle; Bradley's Mum Speaks of Heartache

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Byline: Barbara Hodgson Reporter barbara.hodgson@ncjmedia.com

BRADLEY Lowery's mother Gemma has told of her heartache at the cruel hand that life has dealt her little boy.

The 33-year-old described the feelings of panic and stress which have dogged family life since her son's diagnosis of cancer.

Supporters of the popular five-yearold, whose cancer is now terminal, have been in admiration of the fighting spirit he and Gemma have shown throughout the ordeal.

But the County Durham mum-of-two has now given a moving insight into the harsh realities of their daily struggles, which she calls a "real-life nightmare".

It started four years ago on January 5 when Bradley was first diagnosed with neuroblastoma.

He underwent gruelling treatment. Then there followed a time of respite from December 2014 when the cancer went into remission and Gemma and husband Carl could at last enjoy some normal family life with Bradley and their older son Kieran.

But, to their dismay, the neuroblastoma returned in June last year and in December doctors finally told them there can be no cure.

Writing on Bradley's Facebook page, Gemma revealed her innermost feelings about what those past four years have been like.

She wrote: "I was told that my baby had cancer at the age of 19 months. At the time I thought it was the worst day of my life - little did I know then that I had more of the worst days-of-my-life moments to come.

"In four years I have had an extreme amount of worry, stress, panic, and heartache. I have been living a parent's real-life nightmare.

"They say God only gives you what you can handle - really? They say what doesn't kill you makes you stronger - really? "They say there is a rainbow at the end of the storm. But it is so hard to see the rainbow when there are so many clouds and you can't see the storm ending anytime soon."

She added: "I try and be a positive person the majority of the time. However I do have my moments of weakness and when this happens my heart physically aches and my tears could fill a glass. …

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