Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

Schoolboy Peter's Facing the Biggest Battle of His Life; but 13-Year-Old Cancer Sufferer Tells His Mam: I'm Not Ready to Leave You Yet

Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

Schoolboy Peter's Facing the Biggest Battle of His Life; but 13-Year-Old Cancer Sufferer Tells His Mam: I'm Not Ready to Leave You Yet

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Byline: DAVE ROBSON dave.robson@trinitymirror.com @Daverobson_gaz

A TEENAGER is facing the biggest battle of his young life - to beat a rare form of cancer.

But as Grangetown schoolboy Peter Douglass told his mam: "I'm not ready to leave you yet."

Last year, the popular, upbeat 13-year-old, who loves football and playing computer games, started suffering leg pains and occasionally wetting himself.

After several trips to the GP, he was referred to the Royal Victoria Infirmary in Newcastle just before Christmas.

at And that's where a ball-sized tumour, wrapped around nerves at the base of his spine and pressing on his bladder, was detected.

of Hillsview Academy student Peter has been diagnosed with stage four Ewing Sarcoma - a bone cancer developed by fewer than 30 children a year in the UK.

20 And because the tumour is pressing on his nerves, an operation has been ruled out, meaning only intensive chemotherapy and radiotherapy can help.

Peter, who was only diagnosed after an X-ray on December 28, is currently being given chemotherapy at the RVI.

But in May, he and mam Denise are set to fly to America for six weeks of targeted radiotherapy which, doctors hope, will help blitz the tumour. It's been a turbulent few weeks for Peter and his family - mam Denise, stepdad Nick Watson, brothers Darren, nine, Clayton, eight and Nicholas, 10 months, and sister Ella-Rose, 20 months.

But now the bombshell news has sunk in, they are determined to stay positive and face the condition head-on.

Denise said: "When he was first told, he cried and asked 'am I going to die?' The doctor told him they'd do all they can to make sure that doesn't happen.

"He keeps having nightmares, thinking he's given other people the disease. But he said to me 'I'm not ready to leave you yet. …

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