The family of a little boy from Ellesmere Port learned he had a rare form of neck cancer after he complained of finding it difficult to put his hand up in class.
Doctors diagnosed Taylor Ward with Ewing's Sarcoma when he was aged just seven.
Taylor's mum Sam Randles recalls that he initially complained of a pain in his neck in 2016 after he threw a pillow when they were play fighting.
She thought he may have pulled a muscle but when he told her his arm was still sore a few weeks later and that he had to support it with his other arm when he put his hand up at school she sought medical advice.
“At this point I thought it shouldn’t still be sore and alarm bells were ringing, so I took him to the doctors," Sam told our sister site The ECHO .
However, while waiting for test results, Taylor’s symptoms worsened and his mum took him to A&E where an MRI scan showed a large cancerous tumour was growing inside his neck.
Sam, 39, said: “He had limited mobility in his neck and arm at this point.
“The tumour was resting on his nerves and causing pressure which was causing the weakness in his arm.
“It all went quite quickly after that and we were a bit taken aback because before we knew it we were speaking with oncologists and on the neurological ward.
“You never for a minute think that your child is going to have cancer.”
Taylor, now aged nine, began an intense course of chemotherapy and radiotherapy and Sam said despite how ill he was, and the fact he lost his hair, he didn’t and still doesn’t fully understand what cancer is.
She said: “I don’t think he knows how serious it was and we don’t want him to know really as we don’t want him to be scared.
“But if it had gone undiagnosed I dread to think what could have happened.
“Thankfully it hadn’t spread and was localised to the left side of his neck.”
For nine months, Taylor, who is a pupil at Our Lady Star of the Sea, underwent treatment at Alder Hey and his mum said their lives were turned upside down.
She said: “It was so unpredictable.
“It felt like we were on a treadmill and we couldn’t get off until the doctors said so. Our lives were not our own anymore.
“When you are going through the treatment you feel sort of as though you are in an alternate universe.
“Everyone else is getting up and going to work and children going to school and you are just sort of stuck in this surreal world in hospital.
“Taylor had to have a lot of time off from school but he was constantly getting cards and presents from friends, the school has been really accommodating of our situation.”
Despite losing his hair and even having to have eight teeth removed during chemotherapy, Taylor continued to fight and amazingly last year he was given the all clear.
Sam, an occupational health therapist, said: “He has been so brave.
“When he came to the end of his treatment all the nurses crowded round as he rang the bell on the ward and he was given a certificate to say he was all clear.
“He went into school and got up in front of his class and was really proud of himself.
“We can see him coming on leaps and bounds now.
“He still has to have scans every three months and it is still quite difficult. It is always in the fore front of your mind, but we just take every day as it comes.
“We just appreciate him so much - when you have been through something like we have you are all so so much closer and it has brought all the family together.”
And Taylor is now a big brother after Sam gave birth to a baby boy named Rowan four months ago.
Same said: “Taylor absolutely adores his brother.
“To see him with his little brother is so special.
“It is like a positive outcome when there was a time when everything was so dark and bleak.
“He loves being a big brother.”
To celebrate his remission Taylor, who loves the Titanic, is being treated by charity Make A Wish to a themed trip in March.
Sam said: “When you get a diagnosis like Ewing's Sarcoma, you don’t know what the future holds.
“Make-A-Wish has given Taylor this incredible thing to look forward to.
“When we sat down to watch the film Titanic last year, he was enthralled - fascinated by the scale of the ship, heartbroken about all the people in third class who couldn’t get out, and how brave the captain was to stay with his ship.
“He watches videos about it on YouTube, has a poster of the Titanic on his wall, and his dad gave him a model of the boat that he’s building now.
“His wish was to visit the Titanic Museum in Belfast – and we are even going to stay in the Titanic Hotel!”