01 Jun 2011
When a child has cancer it doesn't just affect them, it changes life for the whole family.
"Hi my name is Jackson and I've got a brain tumour"
Jackson Howes was diagnosed with a brain tumour just before Easter last year. A CT scan showed he had a tumour the size of a tennis ball attached to his left optic nerve. Jackson has since undergone two six-hour surgeries and is having chemotherapy to slow down or prevent any further growth.
The journey has brought life changes not just for the previously bright and happy eight-year-old, but for his entire family.
Mum, Rosanne, has given up her job as a HR Manager to care for her son. To help find strength she has linked up with Child Cancer Foundation parent to parent support groups. The entire family has benefited from the encouragement and empathy of others sharing similar experiences.
Older sister Talia has had to adjust to life revolving around Jackson’s needs. Fortunately Talia has a very caring and loving nature and has coped with love and maturity. She has been devastated by what her younger brother has had to endure.
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