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Charlie Williams writes a letter about his cancer

by | 21st, January 2012

CHARLIE Williams was diagnosed cancer at age 5. After seven years of stress and treatment he was given the all clear. Charlie Williams beat medulloblastoma. So Charlie Williams, of Boxford, wrote a letter about his experience while at school inn Stoke by Nayland, Suffolk. The letter goes like this:

This is a story of a child called Charlie who was diagnosed with cancer when he was only five years old. In fact, on the fifth day of the fifth month of 2005. My name is Charlie Williams. I could have died by now. I recently found out I was not going to die. ‘At Addenbrookes Hospital I had to endure medical treatments that included radiotherapy, which involved me going into a cylindrical tunnel for about half an hour, which is quite scary for a 6 year old, as I was at the time. I also had several MRI scans, also in a cylindrical tunnel, with all kinds of noises while you are inside.

The chemotherapy was through a drip which was inserted into my body, in my upper chest, like a transfusion, and went on for a few hours at a time every month.I also had to have lots of blood transfusions. Needles aren’t the nicest thing in the world, and I used to be petrified of them, so you can imagine what it felt like for me to have them inserted into me so often as a child.

But I’m used to them now.

Do you think you could cope with all that medical treatment?

How do you think it would change you as a person?

Being ill, and knowing that there may be a chance that you will lose the things that make up your life, makes you value those things.

For instance, material things like computers and calculators, even pens and pencils, become special things in a way, because you realise that without them you would not have the tools for your education.

A simple pencil may mean nothing to a child in my school, but to a child in, say, a poor village in Uganda, it may just be the start of a lifetime of education.

I think about these kinds of things now after being ill for so long.

In most classes in this school, there will always be one child (sometimes more, sometimes even three) who will distract the rest of the children by doing something daft. It happens so often, maybe every five minutes, sometimes every minute.

The person doing it seems to want to be the centre of attention he uses the whole class as his stage, to do his performance.

He doesn’t really care that there are other people there who really want to learn the subject the teacher is teaching. He just wants to distract anyone else who, like him, doesn’t care about learning. He is basically being selfish. I just look at people like him and think, why?

Once in a blue moon, I will also misbehave, dont we all, whether we are children or adults, its part of growing up, and part of life.

But like I said, its once in a blue moon, not every

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