When toddler Logan Skinner was diagnosed with cancer his appearance changed so much that his twin brother did not recognise him.
The three-year-old went from being a normal little boy to being bloated by steroids and suffering the effects of chemotherapy.
Now, several months after he was diagnosed with acute lymphoblastic leukaemia (ALL), Logan is on the mend, but he is still struggling with illness and his family is trying to help him through.
His grandad Julian Thompson told The Standard: “It’s changed him. He’s not the little boy he was two or three months ago, and you have the constant reminder of his brother showing him what he’s like. You look at his brother and think ‘that’s what he should be like’.”
Logan, who celebrated his birthday with brother Regan on Monday, was diagnosed with the condition in July, after he had been unwell.
For months he had to travel back and forth to the Queen’s Medical Centre in Nottingham for treatment which made him very poorly and meant he had to spend a lot of time away from home – and away from Regan.
Mr Thompson, of Greenwood Drive, Boston, said: “They are true twins. They have never been parted. It was quite sad. When he went on the steroids his appearance changed and his brother didn’t recognise him because he wasn’t his twin anymore.”
Because his immune system has been affected by the treatment, he has also contracted infections, meaning he cannot do the things which many boys of his age can do, like play with other children at nursery.
Fundraising is now underway to help Logan lead a more normal life and support the ward which treated him at QMC.
An event will take place at the Queen of Spades pub in Boston on November 9 with a live band and entertainment. The event is open to all. A family friend is doing a sponsored chest shave.