A household of 4 is gearing up for a second Christmas shielding at residence after the daddy was informed he had a mind tumour.
Greg Priddy was recognized with most cancers on the finish of November final yr, after his unusual behaviour and sudden weak point on his left aspect prompted his spouse to make him search medical assist.
“It was a shock,” he stated. “It isn’t the form of information you count on to listen to. Due to COVID, I used to be by myself after I was informed the information. I needed to inform Jo over the cellphone and struggled to get the phrases out.
“The primary few days after I was in hospital, all types of issues are going by your thoughts… how lengthy have I acquired? Is it terminal? Am I going to see the children develop up?”
Excessive dose chemotherapy and a stem cell transplant stripped his immune system and docs recommended they defend even when it was now not authorities recommendation.
The household agreed and have not left residence since.
“It is the toughest factor I’ve ever needed to do in my life,” stated Greg’s spouse, Jo.
“Clearly, we’re lacking our family and friends however extra, it is the kids lacking college and their buddies.”
Amelia is 16 and because of take her GCSEs in the summertime and Wills is 13.
“It would be nice to have the precise academics educate me as a substitute of simply staring on the laptop computer making an attempt to get my head round it, however the academics have been actually, actually good,” stated Amelia.
“Clearly it is laborious not having the ability to see anybody, not be capable to exit, however figuring out that it will shield my dad from catching no matter’s on the market and simply protecting him protected, it does let you know that you’re doing a very good factor.”
As an alternative of moping round, the kids have fundraised for Mind Tumour Analysis, making greater than £13,000 up to now.
Hugh Adams from the charity describes what they’ve achieved as “extraordinary”.
“They have been confronted with the hardest of conditions following the mind tumour prognosis and have responded with superb tenacity and endurance,” he stated.
“We’re actually, actually proud that they’ve chosen to assist Mind Tumour Analysis presently by doing fundraising to simply elevate consciousness of what is going on on, but in addition most significantly, defending themselves.”
Amelia likes to carry out and she or he choreographed 20 dances as requested by family and friends in 20 days to lift cash.
And Wills has worn a mini monitor within the garden operating a mile a day… upped to 4 miles each day in a festive outfit till Christmas.
His mum has made the costumes and he solely finds out what he is sporting when he opens every door of a particular creation calendar.
“It makes me wish to be sure that everybody on the earth is aware of about how dangerous mind tumours are,” stated Wills.
“When he was in hospital, what I might take into consideration is doing my run.”
It is also protecting the eager rugby participant match for when he can get again on the pitch.
Greg is aware of the sacrifice his household has made and describes himself as “very, very fortunate”.
“I by no means stated are you able to do that for me? They opted to do it,” he stated.
“I believe it is superb. They’ve finished extremely effectively, as a result of within the circumstances they’ve saved a very Positive mind-frame.”
Subsequent month, as soon as Greg’s immune system is again in motion, they’re going to lastly go away the home however will nonetheless have to be cautious.
The household needs everybody to get vaccinated and observe the principles to maintain susceptible folks like Greg protected, particularly when so little is thought concerning the new Omicron variant.
It is one thing Hugh Adams from the charity understands.
“In case you wanted a cause about why it’s best to defend and shield those that are immunosuppressed or extra susceptible, you can not have a greater instance than what’s occurring with the Priddys,” he stated.
“What an exquisite story and what an instance they’re setting when it comes to how we must always all be behaving presently.”
The excellent news is, Greg’s at the moment in remission.
For the household it makes the sacrifice of the previous yr all value it… however they cannot wait to be free.