It’s not easy being a child with cancer, and we give them a lot of attention. It’s the natural thing to do. We want to make them feel better. We mustn’t forget that often these children have siblings, and it can be a very hard life for them too. Their parents may have to rush off to hospital at short notice many times (children on treatment can suffer many side effects requiring emergency admissions), family plans get thwarted and it’s a worrying time for everyone.
While parents can sometimes take leave from work, siblings have to carry on as if everything is normal especially where the routine of school is concerned etc and that is a huge weight on small shoulders.
With this in mind we want to reach out to these Superhero Siblings and tell them that they are amazing too, that the part they are playing and their role in the family is important and they have not been sidelined.
Today we introduce Henry. He was happy to answer some questions for us, and for us to share them with you all. The answers are his own words.
Can you tell us how old you were when you were told about Hugo’s illness?
I was 6 (and a half!)
We know you work hard at school, what is your favourite subject?
Maths is my favourite, but I also like Science and PE.
When you are not at school, what is your favourite thing to do?
I like being with my family and also building lego.
If Cancer was a person, what would you tell them?
I would tell them to go away and leave our life. You are mean to people who you give cancer to, you should be nicer.
Is there anything else you would like to tell us to help explain to other people what it is like to be Henry?
It is quite hard being Henry because Hugo has cancer and he gets more attention most of the time. It is quite hard, but it is also fun playing with Hugo when he is well. It’s a bit annoying being the big brother because Hugo keeps messing up things and I’m not always able to understand him and he’s not always able to understand me. It’s also nice because I get to go out more because we don’t want Hugo getting germs and we go for nice days out.
Thank you Henry for being our guest!
You can find out more about Henry and his brother Hugo on their Facebook page, please leave Henry a comment and let him know that he is awesome.
If you know of another sibling who deserves a shout out then you can contact us and we will give them a feature here too.
Many thanks for reading.
Ziggy Zoo and Betty Too