James is 15 years old and was diagnosed with ALL (acute lymphoblastic lymphoma) in June 2021.
He hadn’t felt unwell as such, but his parents noticed an increasing number of lumps or ‘raised nodules’ on his neck, abdomen and back. With Covid restrictions in place, their GP was reluctant to see James in person and sent him for blood tests that found vitamin deficiencies. But his parents Gareth and Laura knew something wasn’t right with him and pushed for further tests. He eventually had a bone marrow aspiration, trephine, lumbar puncture and skin biopsy which confirmed the diagnosis of ALL.
After an initial course of chemo on Ward 84 of the Royal Manchester Children's Hospital James is currently continuing treatment there.
You can read more about James from his Dad Gareth here:James' Story