Tom was a son, a brother, a boyfriend, a nephew, a Grandson and a friend. Whilst cancer may have slowed him down at times, Tom was the type of person to bounce back from almost any set back and his enjoyment for life was contagious. Like many young adults, Tom enjoyed socialising, gaming, being active and spending time with family
Tom immediately became a patient at Bristol Children’s Hospital and, in 2007, he went in to remission. Tom felt that part of his healing process should be credited to the excellent standard of care, the environment and the amazing staff.Sadly, in 2009 a cancerous tumour appeared on one of Tom’s lungs. An operation to remove the tumour was successful but treatments to prevent further occurrences failed. During this period, Tom was treated as an adult cancer patient at the Bristol Royal Infirmary and Bristol Oncology Centre as he was now 19 years old.
Unfortunately, whilst the staff worked tirelessly to help, Tom felt that his needs as a teenager were not well catered for; his treatments and time as a patient became an area of added apprehension during an already difficult period as there was little stimulation in the adult wards. Tom knew that having fun, engaging and interesting activities would provide a better healing environment for teenagers in Bristol to provide a better care and facilities.