Cupcakes to celebrate Jacob’s cancer victory
PUBLISHED: 14:00 12 June 2013
A DEVOTED mum from Nailsea is baking hundreds of cakes to celebrate her son’s victory over cancer.
Nicola and Matt Hicks were devastated when their son Jacob was diagnosed with leukaemia at the age of three.
But after three-and-a-half years of chemotherapy and treatment, the lively 10-year-old is now fighting fit and will celebrate five years in remission on June 14.
To mark the occasion, Nicola is holding a cupcake day and has so far had more than 200 orders which she aims to deliver on June 14.
She said: “This is just a way of doing something substantial to give back to the CLIC nurses who were so amazing.
“They made the whole process so much easier for us in terms of home nursing and even went into Jacob’s school to do his weekly blood tests.
“It meant we didn’t have to go to the hospital quite so much, as it felt like we spent most of our time there, and it made my life so much easier.”
Nicola realised something was wrong with Jacob when he started taking naps in the day and developed bruises on his legs. She took him to the GP where he was diagnosed the same day and admitted to Bristol Children’s Hospital.
He underwent a year of intensive chemotherapy, which meant he lost his hair, followed by two-and-a-half years of further treatment.
Nicola said: “Because Jacob was only three he coped so well. I don’t think he really twigged and he just got on with it. He was so brave.
“It was all over in terms of treatment just before he was seven and he can remember odd bits, but not too much.
“Now when you look at him you can’t tell. He loves to tell people he’s had cancer though, it’s his party trick.
“It feels weird to think we’ve finally got here. Sometimes you do doubt and have awful thoughts, but it really does feel like a distant dream now.”
To say thanks to the nurses who helped Jacob, Nicola is selling boxes of cupcakes and donating half the cost to CLIC.
Nicola set up her home-based cake-making business That Cake Lady a year ago. To order a box of Nicola’s cupcakes call her on 07902 409577, email firstname.lastname@example.org or visit www.thatcakelady.co.uk
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