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Radioactive plaque

It crossed my mind some time ago to write a blog post called ‘Ten good things about having a child with eye cancer.’ Ten silver linings of an undeniably dark cloud. I’m not actually sure I could get to ten, but one of the things that would be up there is how much of Asa’s childhood we've had the opportunity to see (more than most parents, whose children can be safely packed away to a childminder or nursery while parents get on with making a living). Another would be the awareness that the fight against the disease has given us of the gifts of life and sight, which many people can take for granted.
The downsides are all too clear, of course. The misery of having poisons infused into your child’s bloodstream; the fear we felt, during chemo, of some infection snatching Asa’s life away; the repeated exams under general anaesthetic (more than 45 so far, since diagnosis); the sore, red eyes after exams, and the rigmarole of coaxing him to let us put stinging drops in them to control th…