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Scots mum's 'world shattered' after son diagnosed with cancer as daughter waited for brain surgery

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A Scots mum has told how her "world was shattered" when her teenage son was diagnosed with cancer while her daughter waited for brain surgery.

When Lyn Hamilton took Archie, 15, to the doctors with back pain in October 2022, she knew in her gut something was wrong. After a trip to A&E, Archie was diagnosed with Ewing sarcoma – a rare type of cancer that affects the bones and soft tissue.The heartbroken mum-of-three, from Haddington, had to stop herself bursting into tears in front of Archie.

The schoolboy's shock diagnosis came just weeks after Lyn, whose daughter Nancy, 14, has neurological disorder dystonia, found out she needed brain surgery for the third time.The 47-year-old said: “As a parent, to have two children with rare conditions and go through so much is your worst nightmare."We were already at breaking point before Archie's diagnosis.

Then our world was shattered again."It was so overwhelming. I said to Archie 'I've got you' and cuddled him. Inside I was thinking 'what does this mean?

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