May is Brain Tumour Awareness Month and to raise awareness of this condition the Tyler family have shared Billy's journey. The family stayed at Ronald McDonald House Birmingham for over 12 months whilst their son Billy was being treated at Birmingham Children’s Hospital.
Here’s their story in pictures.
I had a CT scan which showed a tumour in the fourth ventrical of my brian. It was preventing the fluid from draining, causing a blockage and a lot of pressure. I was transferred straight to Birmingham Children's Hospital.
At 9am I went down to theatre and was put under general anaesthetic again. Surgery took over 10 hrs to remove the tumour on my brain. Here I am in mummy and daddy's arms after surgery.
I was allowed out of hospital to go to the Ronald McDonald House where my parents are staying close to me on my ward while I continue to take my medicine.
Daddy shaving my hair – in your face big C!
A hug full of love with Grandpa.
Back in hospital for chemo treatment, been a bit poorly.
Being a normal family with my new baby sister Jaime!
To celebrate being discharged, I baked with my friends at Ronald McDonald House!
My friend Hardy from nursery came to play - his Mummy and her friends from NPower climbed Snowden to raise money for the House! Thank you for keeping my family close to me :)
Being a big brother to my little sister at home, on Christmas Eve.
Back in Hospital and on the road to recovery.
I had a fantastic Easter! I went on holiday with my BFF Arnie; we had so much fun skimming stones and fishing for crabs!
Enjoying some lunch after the MRI scan this morning – I was starving!
I am not ashamed to say I had the best Christmas ever last year! But every single day, especially at this time, I think about all my little buddies with wings and their families; Christmas for them will never, ever be the same again.
Happy Valentine’s Day 2015! We visited our old home Ronald McDonald House Birmingham to sponsor the room that we stayed in thanks to all our generous family and friends.
We had a meeting with the Professor to discuss my scan results - I'm so relieved to say that there were no visible signs of any activity in my head or along my spine! We can all breathe a sigh of relief for another four months!