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Doctors although initially the hard hump in the eight-month-old stomach of Iwan Wilson's constipation, his mother Rhiannon Cross claimed. But after a second trip to A&E the following day, Iwan was diagnosed with a rare kidney cancer called Wilms & # 39; tumor (Rhiannon depicted with baby Iwan)

A mother described how she & # 39; felt that life had ended & # 39; when her baby was diagnosed with cancer after doctors first thought he was just hiding.

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Doctors although initially the hard hump in the eight-month-old stomach of Iwan Wilson's constipation, his mother Rhiannon Cross claimed.

But after a second trip to A&E the next day, Iwan was diagnosed with a rare kidney cancer called Wilms & # 39; tumor.

Rhiannon and her family enjoyed a vacation in Cornwall last year when she first noticed something was wrong with her son.

She described receiving the & # 39; worst possible news & # 39 ;.

Doctors although initially the hard hump in the eight-month-old stomach of Iwan Wilson's constipation, his mother Rhiannon Cross claimed. But after a second trip to A&E the following day, Iwan was diagnosed with a rare kidney cancer called Wilms & # 39; tumor (Rhiannon depicted with baby Iwan)

Doctors although initially the hard hump in the eight-month-old stomach of Iwan Wilson's constipation, his mother Rhiannon Cross claimed. But after a second trip to A&E the following day, Iwan was diagnosed with a rare kidney cancer called Wilms & # 39; tumor (Rhiannon depicted with baby Iwan)

Rhiannon and her family enjoyed a vacation in Cornwall last year when she first noticed something was wrong with her son. She described receiving the & # 39; worst possible news & # 39;
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Rhiannon and her family enjoyed a vacation in Cornwall last year when she first noticed something was wrong with her son. She described receiving the & # 39; worst possible news & # 39;

Rhiannon and her family enjoyed a vacation in Cornwall last year when she first noticed something was wrong with her son. She described receiving the & # 39; worst possible news & # 39;

Rhiannon, from Rhuddlan, Denbighshire, said: & # 39; The only word that can be used when your child is diagnosed with cancer is shock. I'm not someone to cry and fall to tears, but at that moment I wanted to die & # 39;

Rhiannon, from Rhuddlan, Denbighshire, said: & # 39; The only word that can be used when your child is diagnosed with cancer is shock. I'm not someone to cry and fall to tears, but at that moment I wanted to die & # 39;

Rhiannon, from Rhuddlan, Denbighshire, said: & # 39; The only word that can be used when your child is diagnosed with cancer is shock. I'm not someone to cry and fall to tears, but at that moment I wanted to die & # 39;

Rhiannon, from Rhuddlan, Denbighshire, said: & # 39; The only word that can be used when your child is diagnosed with cancer is shock. I am not someone to cry and fall to tears, but at that moment I wanted to die.

& # 39; I felt that my life had ended at that time. I felt that everything stopped and that I was living in a nightmare. & # 39;

Talked about when she noticed the lump while on vacation,

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Rhiannon said: & # 39; We really had a wonderful day at the Eden Project and I was changing his diaper and noticed that I could feel a lump in his belly. He had a very extensive stomach, he was very bloated.

& # 39; I have an older child and I know what a normal stomach looks like.

& # 39; That was the only sign that something was wrong. I was very worried and called our doctor at home to make an appointment and they told me that if he started to go back to take him straight to A&E.

& # 39; It was our last night in Cornwall and we ended early in the morning because Iwan had shouted. Not because he was in pain, but because he was very upset.

& # 39; We had no idea what it could be. & # 39;

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The family drove home and took Iwan to A&E at Glan Clwyd Hospital, where they said he was hiding.

Rhiannon said: & # 39; I didn't think he was because he was pooping and, if anything, I thought he had a little diarrhea.

& # 39; But the doctors gave me perfectly reasonable explanations as to why he could be diagnosed.

& # 39; They said we should bring him back if he went backwards or if he didn't go to the toilet anymore.

& # 39; We came back the next day and then we found out he had cancer. & # 39;

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Rhiannon, who was on vacation with her partner Rob Wilson and older son Owain, said that Iwan had stopped urinating and was listless.

Rhiannon said: & # 39; Within an hour, they told us the worst possible news that he had Wilms' tumor. & # 39;

The family (photo) drove home and took Iwan to A&E at Glan Clwyd Hospital, where they said they were hiding

The family (photo) drove home and took Iwan to A&E at Glan Clwyd Hospital, where they said they were hiding

The family (photo) drove home and took Iwan to A&E at Glan Clwyd Hospital, where they said they were hiding

Rhiannon, who was on vacation with her partner Rob Wilson (photo) and older son Owain, said that Iwan had stopped urinating and was listless

Rhiannon, who was on vacation with her partner Rob Wilson (photo) and older son Owain, said that Iwan had stopped urinating and was listless

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Rhiannon, who was on vacation with her partner Rob Wilson (photo) and older son Owain, said that Iwan had stopped urinating and was listless

Iwan had five weeks of chemotherapy with Alder Hey before being operated on to remove his left kidney, lymph nodes and adrenal gland, followed by another four weekly sessions

Iwan had five weeks of chemotherapy with Alder Hey before being operated on to remove his left kidney, lymph nodes and adrenal gland, followed by another four weekly sessions

Iwan had five weeks of chemotherapy with Alder Hey before being operated on to remove his left kidney, lymph nodes and adrenal gland, followed by another four weekly sessions

Iwan was transferred the following morning to Alder Hey Children & # 39; s Hospital in Liverpool.

Rhiannon said: & I think it was on arrival, I realized how serious it all was. They have re-performed all hospital tests and reconfirmed his diagnosis.

& # 39; Initially we had to stay five days. At the time, Rob commuted every day from work to Liverpool and the family took care of Owain.

& # 39; The first time we drove there, I completely cried. Door to door and then into the waiting room, & she said.

Iwan had five weeks of chemotherapy with Alder Hey before surgery to remove his left kidney, lymph nodes and adrenal gland, followed by another four weekly sessions.

Rhiannon said: & # 39; The day his hair started to fall out was a very tough day because it came out in groups.

& # 39; And as soon as it starts to appear, you can see that your child has cancer. & # 39;

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The family had to travel and make a 110-hour journey from their home in Denbighshire to Liverpool for all Iwan chemotherapy sessions and consultations.

Rhiannon said: & # 39; The day his hair started to fall out was a very tough day because it came out in groups. And as soon as it starts to appear, you can see that your child has cancer & # 39;

Rhiannon said: & # 39; The day his hair started to fall out was a very tough day because it came out in groups. And as soon as it starts to appear, you can see that your child has cancer & # 39;

Rhiannon said: & # 39; The day his hair started to fall out was a very tough day because it came out in groups. And as soon as it starts to appear, you can see that your child has cancer & # 39;

The family had to travel and make a 110-hour trip from their home in Denbighshire to Liverpool for all Iwan chemotherapy sessions and consultations

The family had to travel and make a 110-hour trip from their home in Denbighshire to Liverpool for all Iwan chemotherapy sessions and consultations

The family had to travel and make a 110-hour trip from their home in Denbighshire to Liverpool for all Iwan chemotherapy sessions and consultations

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Rhiannon said: “Fortunately, our employers were very good and helped our families with Owain, who found it really hard.

& # 39; At one point he came with chickenpox and it felt like I had to leave one child to look after the other.

& # 39; He didn't understand what was going on or why we always came and left him. He was really struck by it. & # 39;

In addition to the cost of gas, the family also had to pay toll, park in the hospital and extra food in the hospital.

Rhiannon said: & # 39; We had a three-hour trip there and back. We found out that it was at least £ 30 every day to go to the hospital.

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& # 39; The costs rise quickly and it can be quite difficult. If you do that every week, it is right, but you do what you have to do for your child. & # 39;

During the trial, the family was supported by a specialized nurse from CLIC Sargent, Elen, and social worker Ffion.

They also received an initial grant of £ 170 to cover travel expenses and received further grants for items such as a special stroller for Iwan.

Iwan is now 19 months old and cancer free and will be monitored in the coming years. Rhiannon said: & He is amazing. He's all right now. & # 39; Since he had removed the tumor, he has been crawling and walking what he did not do before. He was up and walking within a few weeks after the operation, which is great & # 39;

Iwan is now 19 months old and cancer free and will be monitored in the coming years. Rhiannon said: & He is amazing. He's all right now. & # 39; Since he had removed the tumor, he has been crawling and walking what he did not do before. He was up and walking within a few weeks after the operation, which is great & # 39;

Iwan is now 19 months old and cancer free and will be monitored in the coming years. Rhiannon said: & He is amazing. He's all right now. & # 39; Since he had removed the tumor, he has been crawling and walking what he did not do before. He was up and walking within a few weeks after the operation, which is great & # 39;

Rhiannon said: & Elen often came to our house and could take blood so that we didn't have to go to the hospital every time Iwan needed it.

& # 39; Because we could take care of ourselves at home and keep all of us together, we were able to maintain a sense of family normality.

& # 39; We are very grateful for that.

& # 39; Ffion helped us with our finances. She ensured that we received a £ 170 grant as soon as Iwan was diagnosed and also helped with applications for care allowance and disability benefits.

& # 39; I'm a little worried, but I know I can just send her a text message and she will always reply. It's great to know that there is always someone in your corner. & # 39;

Iwan is now 19 months old and cancer free and will be monitored in the coming years.

Rhiannon said: & He is amazing. He's all right now. & # 39; Since he had removed the tumor, he has been crawling and walking what he did not do before. He was on the move within a few weeks after the operation and that is great.

& # 39; We can't be happier with the progress he has made. & # 39;

CLIC Sargent calls on the public to raise vital funds to support families, such as Iwan, who are facing cancer costs.

Sophie Meadows, from the charity, said: & I call on the nice people of Denbighshire to get behind CLIC Sargent to this Childhood Cancer Awareness

Month and wear their pin badge with pride.

& # 39; CLIC Sargent does not receive government funding, so donating helps us to be there for more families with debilitating travel costs. & # 39;

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