CANCER battler Erin Matthews is a shining star on the road to recovery.
The Grangetown tot’s family were given the devastating news when she was less than a year old that she had the deadly childhood illness neuroblastoma.
Mum Debbie, 36, and dad Scott, 37, faced worrying times after it was discovered that the youngster had numerous tumours in her body.
But doctors at Newcastle’s RVI, where Erin has been receiving treatment since June 2012, have now said that following intense chemotherapy sessions they will be able to handle the illness although they can not remove the tumours.
It is hoped that the cancerous cells will become benign as Erin grows older.
Debbie, who as well as husband Scott both work for Sunderland City Council, said: “Erin’s doing really well now.
“She finished her treatment back in October but then had some scans in February which showed that the tumours were bigger than expected.
“But she had another scan at the end of last week which showed stayed the same size, so we are in a much better situation now.
“The doctors will keep on doing checks on her every three to six months from now on.”
The Matthews family are now getting back into routine.
“It feels like we are finally getting back to normality now,” added Debbie, also mum to Erin’s sister Ava, five. Because we were spending so much time at hospital, Erin made a lot of friends there and maybe she felt it was normal.
“But she should be with other children enjoying nursery and that’s what she’s doing now.”
Erin’s loving granddad Brian, 67, has now nominated her for a Cancer Research UK Little Stars award, in which she also received a £50 TK Maxx gift card.
“It’s been a bit of a harrowing time for us but hopefully we are over it now,” said Brian.
Professor Josef Vormoor, a Cancer Research UK childhood leukaemia expert who is based in the North East, said: “The Little Star Awards recognise the courage of all children who have been diagnosed with cancer.
“Seeing their bravery is an inspiration to me and my colleagues every day.”