Monday 25th March 2019
At 14, Angus Moore was your normal rugby mad, active teenage boy. He'd never had a day off school sick and only visited doctors with rugby related injuries. However, Angus began experiencing breathlessness and didn't feel himself, so he visited his local GP several times where he was told his symptoms were typical for teenage boys.
But Angus's symptoms worsened and he was suddenly rushed to A&E, where he was diagnosed with Acute Lymphoblastic Leukaemia, an extremely rare form of blood cancer.
As soon as I found out, I was just in shock. I broke down in tears.
Phoebe, Angus' sister, was 11 at the time her big brother was diagnosed with cancer. "It was hard to see him looking visibly more and more poorly," said Phoebe. "It was a scary time."
Sadly, in a twist the Moore family could never have predicted, Phoebe was diagnosed with the same rare blood cancer as her brother five years after Angus' treatment ended.
"Phoebe's diagnosis hit me worse than my own," said Angus. "Because we'd gone through it all once before, we knew what was coming and I wouldn't wish it on my worst enemy."
Despite being diagnosed with the same cancer, Phoebe and Angus' experiences could not have been more different. Both siblings were treated at Addenbrookes Hospital, but there was no specialist Teenage Cancer Trust unit there during Angus' treatment. He stayed on a children's ward, despite being 14, slept in a bed that was too small for him, and had nobody his age to chat to.
However, Phoebe was treated on our specialist unit where she was supported by specialist nurses and a Youth Support Coordinator throughout her treatment. "They make a world of difference, providing the best possible clinical care, emotional support and advice," said Phoebe.
To help raise awareness of our vital work with young people with cancer, the Moore family appear in this year's special Teenage Cancer Gigs film to talk about their experience as a family. The film will be screened at every night of the Teenage Cancer Gigs concert series and you can watch it below.
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