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Nick Clegg reveals son's cancer diagnosis

Nick Clegg reveals son's cancer diagnosis
From BBC - September 13, 2017

Former Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg and his wife, Miriam Gonzalez Durantez, have spoken for the first time about their son's treatment for cancer.

Antonio, now 15, was diagnosed with Hodgkin lymphoma last September.

After treatment at University College Hospital in London, including chemotherapy, he is now in remission.

His parents told ITV's Lorraine programme how telling their eldest son he had blood cancer was one of the "toughest things" the family had faced.

"It is like a word bomb - certainly if you are not familiar with it, as we were not," said Mr Clegg.

"Your initial reaction, as we found, was like any mum or dad, it is irrational but you almost have this physical wish to take it off your kid and take it yourself."

Ms Gonzalez Durantez said Antonio had gone to his GP after finding a small lump on his neck, which had not been particularly painful.

"We were very lucky that he [the GP] spotted that it could be something more serious," she told host Lorraine Kelly.

"We dealt with it by carrying on and trying to keep things as close to the routine that we had beforehand and also being very open.

"The day that he was told, and I think that probably us telling him is one of the toughest things that we have ever done, the following day he went to school, he stood up and he told everybody, 'I have cancer.'

"That's the way he dealt with it, but other children and other families deal with it in a different way, you have to find your way."

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