When I saw my son after the operation to remove his brain tumour, with the freshly stitched incision curving half-way across a head swollen to twice it’s normal size, puffy eyes swollen shut, tiny teeth bared in a cry of pain as his faced pressed up against the fishbowl glass of his oxygen chamber, the tears I cried and the overwhelming emotion I felt was of admiration. My son is my hero.
In March 2016 our happy and playful baby boy was diagnosed with a brain tumour (pilocytic astrocytoma), we acted swiftly and, thanks to a great team of doctors, we were able to give Joseph a chance of life that many babies with the same condition never get.
It is my privilege to walk beside such a beautiful and brave little boy. We believe that life is not about what happens to you, but how you react to it. No one would wish for this situation, but we feel we have a responsibility to use this as an opportunity to demonstrate our love for our son and to help others who are going through similar heartaches.
Joseph is now recovering well from his surgery but this is going to be a long-term struggle for his health, he cannot see right now and the brain swelling will last several months. We are hopeful that his sight will return and only time will tell with regards to cognitive abilities and development. We'll not settle for less, we'll help him in every way possible to achieve what he wants to in life just as before.
You can help to ensure that Joseph has the best possible treatment and rehabilitation. By donating or fundraising, you will be helping to cover the costs of his surgery, the next step in his treatment, and the regular monitoring that he will need from here on out.
Thank you to everyone, from the bottom of our hearts, for all of your support, prayers, and messages of encouragement.
Tom & Mariana Wiseman