In 2016 Willow supported 1,279 seriously ill young adults through our Special Days; Sebastian’s was one of them.
Happily married and with young children, no one in Sebastian, or his wife Laura’s, immediate family had ever been affected by a serious illness until August 2015 when Sebastian received the devastating news that he had a brain tumor. With a loving family around him for support, he was determined to make some life-long memories for his family’s future.
Here is Sebastian’s story:
"Before my diagnosis my family and I were pretty care free, we did what we wanted, enjoyed a comfortable life and we probably took a lot for granted. When the hospital found the tumor in my brain it knocked us for six completely. I underwent surgery to remove as much of the tumor as possible and to my relief, was told that all of it had been removed. We carried on with our life only to be told that my tumor was the highest grade for this kind of cancer and it would inevitably return. We were told we had years but after only 12 months it came back, this time with a much shorter prognosis. I had months to live.
"After finding out that it had returned, we came to terms with the diagnosis a lot quicker. We started looking at the realities of life with me not being around for too much longer. Since that point of recurrence we’ve savored every minute we can. We have been on meaningful trips, seen extended family as much as possible and spent precious time together as a family. My wife has started taking photos of everything we do with the hash tag of #MakingMemories – I don't want my children to forget who I am when I’m gone."