Henry Winter
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Oliver Smith's story

Henry Winter
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26 Mar 2013

Oliver was three when he was diagnosed with T-cell lymphoma in November 2011.

Laura, Oliver’s mum, says: “It was such a shock as we thought he just had a chest infection. Just over a week after his diagnosis, he started chemo. By the fourth round of chemo he woke up one morning and couldn't move. He was paralysed from the neck down and he couldn't even sit up unaided. He was constantly in and out of hospital not really getting more than a couple of days at home before being rushed back in with a temperature.

I was devastated when we had to go back in hospital just a couple of days before Christmas, but luckily they let us home at about 9.00pm on Christmas Eve. It was a mad dash home, collecting my other son, Alfie, from my parents along the way. We quickly got the boys to bed so we could set out all the gifts. We tried to get Oliver excited by sprinkling reindeer dust and leaving out the mince pies for Santa, but he was so poorly he just wasn’t interested. We were back in hospital by Boxing Day.

Oliver went through intense chemotherapy and physiotherapy in 2012 and is now like a different child. He can fully walk again and even though he is still on chemo, it is much less intense. He is now just like any other happy, mischievous, four year old. I am looking forward to hopefully a very different Christmas this year and aim to make it as happy as ever. “