Talk us through when he was diagnosed.
When he was diagnosed, it was shocking, it still is. You just don't ever think something like that could happen to you. We took him to A&E in May 2020, they told us he had Cancer, and then basically told Ozzy he could stay for a formal diagnosis in the morning but then had to leave, and couldn’t come to visit, nobody could. Covid rules tore us apart in the most difficult time of our lives.
In the hospital room, it was just me and Dillan, nobody was allowed in, nobody was allowed out. So we had to make the most of it.
When we were told Dillan’s treatment would be 3.5 years long, as a family, we made a pact to make it the best 3.5 years for him that we possibly could. We needed to make this new life our new normal, so positive energy and lots of fun at all times.
It’s easy to fall into the trap of remembering our lives before this, or thinking about what could have been, believe me, it still creeps into my head daily and I have to bat it away. Night times are the worst as you have a lot of time to sit and think, and it causes you to go down dark Google rabbit holes that are hard to pull yourself out of. But you have to, when you're a mother, you do anything to protect your child. Even if it’s protecting them from seeing you sad.