17 October 2022
How the Giggle Doctors helped Eleanor
Seeing our daughter laugh in hospital for the first times since being diagnosed brought tears of joy to our eyesTim, Eleanor’s Dad
Eleanor was just 3 and a half when she was diagnosed with a brain tumour called a Low Grade Hypothalamic Glioma in 2015. On 22nd April that year, she met Dr Geehee and Dr YoHo at The Royal Marsden. Her dad Tim describes the breath of fresh air they brought when they arrived: “It was our first encounter with the Giggle Doctors and one which we hold fond memories of. In fact, seeing our daughter laugh in hospital for the first time since being diagnosed brought tears of joy to our eyes.”
Due to her condition, Eleanor has almost no vision at all. “Dr Dotty and Dr GeeHee went out of their way to understand that our daughter Eleanor could not see all their colourful costumes, decorations and pranks, instead they opted to tell her jokes, make funny noises and introduce nice smells. A huge distraction for a 4-year-old going through some pretty horrendous times,” shares Tim.
After more than 7 years of treatment, Eleanor continues to spend time in hospital regularly. Tim says they still make a beeline for the Giggle Doctors whenever they’re in the hospital, and she says they make her feel “excited, happy and ready to have a good laugh.”
They always make my time at hospital very enjoyable. I’m 11 now and I don’t think they’ll ever stop making me laugh!”Eleanor