A BOY who marked his battle with cancer using a string of beads is in remission and ‘enjoying life’.
Adam Brombley, 15, from Emsworth, was diagnosed with Non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma in August last year, after two large tumours were found on his chest.
Since then he has been in and out of hospital, with intensive therapy to combat the tumour.
“Adam has been doing very well,” said his mother, Julie.
“He had his final session of chemotherapy in May and once he had recovered from the effects of this dose, he has gone from strength to strength.”
During his illness, Adam took part in an international project called Beads of Courage which helped the family through the difficult time.
There were red beads for blood transfusions, white for chemotherapy, brown for hair loss and each bead represents a moment in his journey where was in and out of hospital.
Adam’s hair has now grown back — curly where before it was straight – and he is slowly regaining his stamina and fitness, growing and putting on weight.
“He was finally declared as being in remission at his check-up in June, a word we have waited a long time to hear,” said Julie.
Adam managed to go back to school at Chichester High School for Boys for a few weeks before the end of the summer term, but has missed an academic year.
“The school have been fantastic in their support of Adam and we are confident that with their help he will manage to achieve the grades he needs.
“We have been very lucky this summer to have had some amazing holidays, and have been supported by so many charities.
“Adam was taken to Italy with some fellow teenage cancer sufferers by the Caring Cancer Trust and spent a week doing exciting activities in the Italian Apls, including mountain biking, white water rafting and a high ropes course. This trip was particularly good for all of us, as it gave us all a break, and most importantly allowed Adam to be a teenager again.”
Make A Wish granted Adam’s wish to go to a Grand Prix and the family attended the Belgian Grand Prix which they described as an ‘amazing and exciting’ experience – something they would never have been able to do themselves.
“Adam has kept fairly well since being in remission, although has suffered recently with a chest infection for which he is being treated by a strong and long course of antibiotics, which seem to have done the trick, thankfully,” said Julie.
However, a real highlight for Adam was a trip to Goodwood Revival with his friend, 15-year-old Rian. Adam met Rian, a fellow teenage cancer sufferer, on the oncology ward in Southampton.
“They decided to dress as The Blues Brothers. What a fabulous day they had. They played their parts brilliantly and we lost count of the number of people who wanted to take their photo, I believe lots of people thought they were actors, they certainly could have been, they danced and posed whenever asked.
“It’s hard to describe how fantastic it was to see them both enjoying life so much, having spent so much time confined to hospital beds and missing out on life for many, many months.
“They spent the rest of the weekend saying how they would love to go back next year as The Blues Brothers again, but this time officially invited as actors, how I would love to make this dream come true for them!”
Adam has bought a season ticket for his beloved Portsmouth FC and has been going with his friends to matches.
In early September Adam had a further series of tests and scans to check on his tumour.
“Much to our delight, nothing has changed and he is still in remission,” said Julie.
“He has two small areas of the tumour left, one in his chest and the second in his heart, but the scans show this is inactive tissue and therefore probably scar tissue that will just remain.
“Adam will be kept a very close eye on for many years to come and no-one really knows if there will be any long-term lasting effects, but he remains positive and is doing well.”
While fighting for his own recovery, Adam made many friends on the hospital wards, some who remain friends for live.
“However, along with dealing with his own cancer battle Adam tragically had to deal with the loss of friends who lost their battle with this dreadful disease,” added Julie.
“Despite all this, he continues to amaze and inspire us with his positivity and strength, and we are immensely proud of how him.
“He is now back at school full-time and leading as normal a life as possible. We would never have got through this dreadful year without the amazing support of many friends and family who we thank wholeheartedly.”