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Care support and mobility aids help mother stay positive

21st October 2013

This news article is from Handicare UK. Articles that appear on this website are for information purposes only.

 A woman from Canada has given a frank and honest account of what it has been like to care for her son, who has acute lymphoblastic leukaemia. Although the condition has meant that the lives of the entire Roma family have significantly changed, support from healthcare professionals and plans for a new stairlift to be installed have kept them feeling positive.

Karen Roma conducted her interview with a local Canadian reporter, which can be read in full here. In the interview, she remembers the things that her son Nick used to do before he was diagnosed with acute lymphoblastic leukaemia 21 months ago. Nick went into septic shock and doctors were forced to amputate all four limbs – an operation that was needed to save Nick's life. This has meant that Nick now has severe mobility difficulties and needs help with eating, washing and dressing, and Karen told reporters: "I had a hard time accepting it".

Thanks to support from nurses, physiotherapists, doctors and community support, the Roma family are very positive about what the future holds for Nick. He has a number of prosthetic legs and wheelchairs that have helped him remain mobile and walk again, albeit with much more difficulty than before.

Karen and her fianc