PAWS-GIST - A new UK initiative for rare GIST cancer in Young people
Having children overwhelms you with feelings of joy. Despite months of preparation there is nothing that you have ever done before that can match these wonderful feelings.
If your child is diagnosed with cancer there is nothing that has ever happened before that can prepare you for the overwhelming devastation and despair that you feel.
To discover that there is no cure for your child’s cancer, there is no specialist group with expertise in your country and that the only research into their disease is thousands of miles away in another land makes you feel very alone.
This is how we felt In January 2010 when our 15 year old daughter Eve was diagnosed with Paediatric Wild-type GIST.
Overnight our lives changed
To combat this attack on our lives we have formed a specialist clinical focus group consisting parents, GIST Support UK and some very special doctors, led by Dr Ramesh Bulusu of Addenbrookes hospital in Cambridge.
Our initial reaction was to seek help from a brilliant team of doctors at the NIH in the USA where they have set up a clinic for Paediatric & Wild-type GIST.
We also came into contact with a fantastic patient support group in the UK called GIST Support UK. They helped us to gain some perspective and gave us hope. They introduced us to other paediatric GIST patients and parents in the UK.