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Boy's web diary helps cancer fight

Sean Phillips
Sean Phillips updates his website regularly

A schoolboy battling cancer for the third time has set up a website so his friends can keep up to date with his progress.

Sean Phillips, who is eight, suffers from Hodgkin's Lymphoma - a disease of the lymphatic system - and is waiting for a scan after a tumour was found in his chest.

He has already beaten the disease twice before but doctors discovered it had returned earlier this year following a holiday in Disney World.

Sean, who lives in Bridgend and goes to Pen Y Bont Primary School, updates his website regularly with news on what is going on in his life.

On it he writes: "I have spent a lot of time in hospital, since the age of four, having treatment for Hodgkin's lymphoma but I have done nice things as well.

"I met Tony Blair and decorated the Christmas tree at Number 10 Downing Street.

I was hoping that this would be all over by Christmas so that we could all enjoy ourselves
Sean Phillips

"I have also been to Lapland to see Santa and I spent two weeks in Disney World Florida.

"I like cycling, swimming and playing PlayStation 2 games."

But the Cardiff Devils ice hockey fan says that things have not been easy for him lately.

"I am having a tough time at the moment as I cannot have any more chemo until I have had a scan in St Thomas' in London and find out what was happening inside me.

Good news

"I was hoping that this would be all over by Christmas so that we could all enjoy ourselves.

"I am not spending much time in school at the moment as I get tired, so I go in the mornings sometimes and sometimes just for afternoons, as I like some of the lessons we have at different times.

"Although I am never too tired to go and watch the Cardiff Devils on the weekends."

His father Mark said that Sean has been inundated with emails wishing him well since he set up the website.

"He has had about 500 since yesterday," he said.

"He is well pleased - the first thing he does when he gets up in the morning is look to see how many people have visited his site.

"Sean is a very happy little boy and doesn't let his illness get him down at all," he added.

Since Sean was first diagnosed with the disease, four years ago, he has undergone months of treatment.

He and his family will travel to London next week to be given a scan on his tumour although the results won't be known until the New Year.



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