Warning: The following article may be distressing for some.
A mother’s raw photo of her young daughter looking after her brother with cancer has gone viral, highlighting the brutal reality of childhood cancer.
Four-year-old Beckett Burge was diagnosed in 2018 with Acute Lymphoblastic Leukaemia, a type of blood cancer that affects white bone marrow. His diagnosis has left the young boy in and out of hospital for treatment, leaving him excruciatingly sick and exhausted.
However, Beckett’s family has been by his side every step of the way, particularly his older sister Aubrey.
“One thing they don’t tell you about childhood cancer is that it affects the entire family,” Beckett’s mother Kaitlin wrote on Facebook.
“You always hear about the financial and medical struggles, but how often do you hear about the struggles families with other children face? To some, this may be hard to see and read.
“My two kids, 15 months apart, went from playing in school and at home together, to sitting in a cold hospital room together.
“My then four-year-old watched her brother go from an ambulance to the ICU.
“A little over a month after he was released from the hospital, she watched him struggle to walk and struggle to play.
“The lively, energetic, and outgoing little brother she once knew was now a quiet, sick, and very sleepy little boy.”
Beckett has lost almost 5kg since he started treatment, and spends a lot of time in the bathroom. However, his older sister refuses to leave his side, spending time in the bathroom with him and taking care of him when he needs to vomit between play sessions.