WITH a cup of tea raised and her dream cottage behind her, five-year-old Chloe Ferris smiles through her battle with cancer.
The youngster was diagnosed with neuroblastoma – a rare and aggressive form of cancer – earlier this year.
It means she spends a lot of time in and out of hospital having treatment.
But determined to make the most of her time when she’s out of hospital, Chloe asked if she could have a cottage in her garden.
And thanks to a fundraising drive, Chloe’s dream came true.
Her parents Rebecca and Wayne, of Norris Gardens, Warblington, said the cottage has been a big hit.
Mrs Ferris said: ‘The cottage was erected just before she went into hospital for a long stay in isolation.
‘She had gone to school and the cottage was built so that on her return that day from school she just squealed with delight.
‘She hobbled as fast as she could to climb the stairs of her new dream cottage and sit looking out of the top window.
‘She has since had many donations to buy specific things like a play kitchen, play food and pans, tea set, table and chairs, her very own grown-up chair and it is lovely for her to sit in the upstairs and show and share it with friends.
‘Many of her little friends have loved coming.’
Chloe, who only started at Jessie Younghusband Primary School in Chichester a year ago, has been going to Southampton General Hospital for treatment.
As reported, X-rays and tests at St Richard’s Hospital revealed Chloe had a rare form of cancer, which attacks the nerve cells, and had spread across her body.
The primary source was her adrenal gland, and even though this was removed the cancer had already spread.
Since then Chloe has been having chemotherapy, injections and blood transfusions.
Mum-of-10 Rebecca added: ‘Chloe has completed the first five stages of her treatment and now embarks on the last one – immunotherapy – for six months.
‘We would like to thank our consultant Gary Nicolin and his team, and the Howard Ward at St Richard’s Hospital have given outstanding care and we wish to thank them hugely too.
‘She gets tired very often, but will take a break, as she knows this refreshes her, and then go again.
‘She has also managed a few days of school in her new Year 1 class, having not been able to go since mid-May. It fills her body and soul to be with all her friends doing normal things at school.’