A TEENAGER’S world has collapsed after a lump on his arm turned out to be a rare cancer.
Tobias Ellner was diagnosed with Ewing Sarcoma and will have to have chemotherapy before the lump is removed.
The brave 14-year-old was diagnosed in June, with initial tests showing that the cancer had not spread.
After the chemotherapy Tobias from County Durham, will have to have the lump removed and then a skin graft.
His treatment is set to take a year and his mum Andrea said the side effects of chemo have already started to take hold.
Falando para Teeside Live she said her son’s diagnoses was “like an atomic bomb had been detonated inside her”.
Andrea, her other sons Leo and Jack and Tobias’s dad Michael along with their friends have now launched a fundraiser to help with the costs of getting the youngster to and from hospital.
They also want to give Tobias things to look forward to, that will help him to keep fighting.
What is Ewing Sarcoma?
Ewing sarcoma, or ewing’s sarcoma, is a rare type of cancer that affects bones or the tissue around bones.
It’s more common in males and mainly affects children and young people aged from 10 para 20.
The main areas affected by Ewing’s sarcoma are the legs (around the knees), pelvis, arms, ribs and spine.
As the condition is so rare and can often require complicated treatment, you may be referred to a specialist team for your care.
Andrea said that when he got his diagnosis, Tobias was shocked and asked ‘Am I going to die’ and ‘can I still play Xbox’.
Ela adicionou: “At the time of the diagnosis, Tobias’ eyes locked on to mine, “Você não quer alguém que ame tudo que você faz e pense que você é incrível e fará tudo o que você pedir. He looked at me with complete trust and faith that I wasn’t going to let anything awful happen to him.
“The trust and love between mother and son, captured in that one single moment, will be something that will never leave me,” ela disse.
“The sole purpose of being a mum is to love, nurture and protect so your child thrives into adulthood. For me as Tobias’s mum, the cancer diagnosis had just destroyed that.”
While Tobias had tried to look at the positives, such as no school, Andrea said the effects of chemo have taken a “dramatic toll” on him.
She explained that Tobias really misses seeing his friends and that this should have been a time when he was ‘independent’ and able to spend time with his pals.
Em vez de, Andrea says he needs constant care and help with daily activities.
Infelizmente, Tobias lost his hair due to the treatment – something Andrea said he would take pride in.
In solidarity with their sibling, his brothers also shaved their heads.
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While both Andrea and Michael work, the costs of home amendments and trips to the hospital have started to add up.
So far the family have raised £5,023.
They hope to take Tobias to Centre Parks and the money will also help towards providing him with a home tutor.
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