Early detection is important

Three-year-old cancer patient Pilu Gopal (left) with father Saroniceva Koro, 5 year old brother and mother Helen Ensor during the family outing in West. Picture: SUPPLIED.

PARENT Helen Ensor says early detection is important because it means early treatment and your child can be cured of cancer.

Ms Ensor’s son, Pilu Gopal, 3, was diagnosed with leukemia in November last year when he was two years old.

Ms Ensor said they were going back and forth to hospital from the months of August to November last year.

“Pilu was complaining of sore joints and at two years he was still not able to walk and they also noticed weight loss. It was a blood test in November that we were told that Pilu had cancer,” Ms Ensor said.

“It was very difficult when I first received the news. “I was very shocked and afraid and thought it meant death for my son. I was then reassured by the doctor that it was treatable.

“I am thankful to my grandmother who has been a great encouragement to me, advising me to continue to pray and keep the faith.

“I worry about Pilu and his treatment while at hospital and at the same time I worry about my husband and my other five-year-old son, having to leave them at home to be with Pilu in hospital.”

She said all their transportation to and from the hospital were taken care of by WOWS Kids Fiji.

“They also provide us with shopping vouchers. These have been of great help to us and lessened our financial burden,” she said.

She added all the treatment that Pilu needed was being done at the Lautoka Hospital.

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