Sally Roberts, mother of sick Neon, says her son is 'broken' after undergoing cancer treatment

Sally Roberts, mother of sick Neon, says her son is 'broken' after undergoing cancer treatment

Sally Roberts, mother of sick Neon, says her son is 'broken' after undergoing cancer treatment

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A mother has said her son is “not the boy I know anymore” after undergoing radiotherapy treatment which she went to the High Court to prevent.

Sally Roberts, from Withdean, Brighton, said she feels that she failed as a mother.

She said Neon, eight, has changed because of his treatment.

In an interview with the Sunday Mirror, Ms Roberts said her son is weak and drained.

Neon suffers from cancer and doctors said he needed radiotherapy. But his mother did not want this and took him away. Her fight went to the High Court which ruled he must have it.

Speaking yesterday, Ms Roberts, who has a daughter Elektra, said Neon was “broken”.

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4:16pm Sun 24 Mar 13

AmboGuy says...

This woman is annoying me now.

If he doesn't have the treatment he'll die, you can't get much more 'broken' than that.

She needs to remember that.
This woman is annoying me now. If he doesn't have the treatment he'll die, you can't get much more 'broken' than that. She needs to remember that. AmboGuy
  • Score: -1

4:34pm Sun 24 Mar 13

John Steed says...

AmboGuy wrote:
This woman is annoying me now.

If he doesn't have the treatment he'll die, you can't get much more 'broken' than that.

She needs to remember that.
"Sally Roberts, from Withdean, Brighton, said she feels that she failed as a mother." argus website 3.57pm sunday 24th march 2013

there are those, and I am one, who would agree with her own statement.
the dragging of this matter through the courts was inappropriate and not in the intrest of either her son or daughter, or indeed of the public intrest. it also placed neons father in a difficult position, for which he must receive credit for the manner in which he has publicly handled himself. It is sadening to hear that neon is not as bright eyed and bushy tailed as he could be but he has had a serious medical condition and it would be a miricle if the extended treatment he is receiving had turned out to be some sort of 28 day wonder cure.
heres some unwanted advice from a parent, give the self publicity a big miss, none of it so far has shown you in good light.
[quote][p][bold]AmboGuy[/bold] wrote: This woman is annoying me now. If he doesn't have the treatment he'll die, you can't get much more 'broken' than that. She needs to remember that.[/p][/quote]"Sally Roberts, from Withdean, Brighton, said she feels that she failed as a mother." argus website 3.57pm sunday 24th march 2013 there are those, and I am one, who would agree with her own statement. the dragging of this matter through the courts was inappropriate and not in the intrest of either her son or daughter, or indeed of the public intrest. it also placed neons father in a difficult position, for which he must receive credit for the manner in which he has publicly handled himself. It is sadening to hear that neon is not as bright eyed and bushy tailed as he could be but he has had a serious medical condition and it would be a miricle if the extended treatment he is receiving had turned out to be some sort of 28 day wonder cure. heres some unwanted advice from a parent, give the self publicity a big miss, none of it so far has shown you in good light. John Steed
  • Score: -1

4:35pm Sun 24 Mar 13

Lady Smith says...

Yes - although I'm aware of the toxicity of many cancer treatments, I'm uncomfortable with the very public stand she has taken over this - including her latest 'I've failed as a mother' stance.
Yes - although I'm aware of the toxicity of many cancer treatments, I'm uncomfortable with the very public stand she has taken over this - including her latest 'I've failed as a mother' stance. Lady Smith
  • Score: -1

5:02pm Sun 24 Mar 13

tulgy99 says...

Hopefully her negative publicity and unnecessary comments will not deter others from seeking treatment. Cancer is a horrible disease but listening to her speak on Neon's cancer it is clear she is in denial about her sons illness. Moreover she apparently wanted to try treatments such as boron neutron capture therapy, photodynamic therapy and hyperbaric oxygen therapy.
Hopefully her negative publicity and unnecessary comments will not deter others from seeking treatment. Cancer is a horrible disease but listening to her speak on Neon's cancer it is clear she is in denial about her sons illness. Moreover she apparently wanted to try treatments such as boron neutron capture therapy, photodynamic therapy and hyperbaric oxygen therapy. tulgy99
  • Score: -1

5:05pm Sun 24 Mar 13

NickBrt says...

She seeks public sympathy by bleating about failing as a mother but she has plenty of energy adn enthusiasm to get money out of Sunday papers cashing in on her son's illness. Parasite.
She seeks public sympathy by bleating about failing as a mother but she has plenty of energy adn enthusiasm to get money out of Sunday papers cashing in on her son's illness. Parasite. NickBrt
  • Score: -1

5:32pm Sun 24 Mar 13

Number Six says...

Oh, and there was I expecting her to say "You know what? I was wrong all along. The treatment is just right"

Then again, maybe not
Oh, and there was I expecting her to say "You know what? I was wrong all along. The treatment is just right" Then again, maybe not Number Six
  • Score: 0

5:53pm Sun 24 Mar 13

Rocco10 says...

Well here's hoping Neon fares well under the treatment and makes a full recovery. Horrible thing to go through.
Well here's hoping Neon fares well under the treatment and makes a full recovery. Horrible thing to go through. Rocco10
  • Score: 1

6:14pm Sun 24 Mar 13

mimseycal says...

Of course he isn't the same boy you utter moron. He has just gone through some horrendous treatment. But it is treatment that hopefully will give him the chance to live his life.

Don't get me wrong, if there is no hope that the treatment will do anything but prolong his agony without any hope of a recovery then I would be with you fighting for the right to deny him treatment. My first born was dying from the moment he was born. He could have had his life prolonged by various treatments but it would have meant that he would have spent most of his life going from one hospital to another hospital, recovering from one treatment, only to face another and at most it would have bought him more time to undergo yet another treatment.

I elected to take him home and we had a wonderful life together for the 9 months he lived, happy, content and full of beans before he died, peacefully.

Hopefully Neon will now have a chance to live. And if he isn't the boy he was, he is the boy he is and I would have been down on my knees thanking my lucky stars instead of courting the media spotlight with self aggrandisement.
Of course he isn't the same boy you utter moron. He has just gone through some horrendous treatment. But it is treatment that hopefully will give him the chance to live his life. Don't get me wrong, if there is no hope that the treatment will do anything but prolong his agony without any hope of a recovery then I would be with you fighting for the right to deny him treatment. My first born was dying from the moment he was born. He could have had his life prolonged by various treatments but it would have meant that he would have spent most of his life going from one hospital to another hospital, recovering from one treatment, only to face another and at most it would have bought him more time to undergo yet another treatment. I elected to take him home and we had a wonderful life together for the 9 months he lived, happy, content and full of beans before he died, peacefully. Hopefully Neon will now have a chance to live. And if he isn't the boy he was, he is the boy he is and I would have been down on my knees thanking my lucky stars instead of courting the media spotlight with self aggrandisement. mimseycal
  • Score: -1

6:19pm Sun 24 Mar 13

andyjhpool says...

mimseycal wrote:
Of course he isn't the same boy you utter moron. He has just gone through some horrendous treatment. But it is treatment that hopefully will give him the chance to live his life.

Don't get me wrong, if there is no hope that the treatment will do anything but prolong his agony without any hope of a recovery then I would be with you fighting for the right to deny him treatment. My first born was dying from the moment he was born. He could have had his life prolonged by various treatments but it would have meant that he would have spent most of his life going from one hospital to another hospital, recovering from one treatment, only to face another and at most it would have bought him more time to undergo yet another treatment.

I elected to take him home and we had a wonderful life together for the 9 months he lived, happy, content and full of beans before he died, peacefully.

Hopefully Neon will now have a chance to live. And if he isn't the boy he was, he is the boy he is and I would have been down on my knees thanking my lucky stars instead of courting the media spotlight with self aggrandisement.
I won't say she's a moron but I would totally disagree with her thinking here. I fully agree with your comments otherwise - I'm glad you had quality time with your son before he died.
[quote][p][bold]mimseycal[/bold] wrote: Of course he isn't the same boy you utter moron. He has just gone through some horrendous treatment. But it is treatment that hopefully will give him the chance to live his life. Don't get me wrong, if there is no hope that the treatment will do anything but prolong his agony without any hope of a recovery then I would be with you fighting for the right to deny him treatment. My first born was dying from the moment he was born. He could have had his life prolonged by various treatments but it would have meant that he would have spent most of his life going from one hospital to another hospital, recovering from one treatment, only to face another and at most it would have bought him more time to undergo yet another treatment. I elected to take him home and we had a wonderful life together for the 9 months he lived, happy, content and full of beans before he died, peacefully. Hopefully Neon will now have a chance to live. And if he isn't the boy he was, he is the boy he is and I would have been down on my knees thanking my lucky stars instead of courting the media spotlight with self aggrandisement.[/p][/quote]I won't say she's a moron but I would totally disagree with her thinking here. I fully agree with your comments otherwise - I'm glad you had quality time with your son before he died. andyjhpool
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6:23pm Sun 24 Mar 13

mimseycal says...

Sorry, the moron comment was a direct result of my feeling very angry about her selfishness.
Sorry, the moron comment was a direct result of my feeling very angry about her selfishness. mimseycal
  • Score: -2

7:40pm Sun 24 Mar 13

tenerifeisland says...

selfish women doesnt deserve children, period!!!!
selfish women doesnt deserve children, period!!!! tenerifeisland
  • Score: -2

7:59pm Sun 24 Mar 13

Wooleyespull says...

Sadly this is and always has been about her and not her son.
Sadly this is and always has been about her and not her son. Wooleyespull
  • Score: 0

8:04pm Sun 24 Mar 13

bas466 says...

My friends 7 yr old son is going through chemo and the moment, recently diagnosed with leukaemia and is really poorly, however, she's not dragged it through the courts, she's not delayed any treatment he needs for her own benefit. All she wants is for her little boy to get better and rid of this nasty disease. Get over it woman, you're not the only mothers who's child is sick.
My friends 7 yr old son is going through chemo and the moment, recently diagnosed with leukaemia and is really poorly, however, she's not dragged it through the courts, she's not delayed any treatment he needs for her own benefit. All she wants is for her little boy to get better and rid of this nasty disease. Get over it woman, you're not the only mothers who's child is sick. bas466
  • Score: -2

8:05pm Sun 24 Mar 13

Wooleyespull says...

Of course there may be mental health issues in this case, a form of Munchausen Syndrome maybe, watch this space.
Of course there may be mental health issues in this case, a form of Munchausen Syndrome maybe, watch this space. Wooleyespull
  • Score: -1

8:34pm Sun 24 Mar 13

mimseycal says...

bas466 wrote:
My friends 7 yr old son is going through chemo and the moment, recently diagnosed with leukaemia and is really poorly, however, she's not dragged it through the courts, she's not delayed any treatment he needs for her own benefit. All she wants is for her little boy to get better and rid of this nasty disease. Get over it woman, you're not the only mothers who's child is sick.
My thoughts and best wishes to your friends son.
[quote][p][bold]bas466[/bold] wrote: My friends 7 yr old son is going through chemo and the moment, recently diagnosed with leukaemia and is really poorly, however, she's not dragged it through the courts, she's not delayed any treatment he needs for her own benefit. All she wants is for her little boy to get better and rid of this nasty disease. Get over it woman, you're not the only mothers who's child is sick.[/p][/quote]My thoughts and best wishes to your friends son. mimseycal
  • Score: -1

10:23pm Sun 24 Mar 13

Morpheus says...

After reading these comment I hope that Neon survives this otherwise a lot of people are going to be embarrassed by their views. I don't know why the Argus allows comments on issues of this type.
After reading these comment I hope that Neon survives this otherwise a lot of people are going to be embarrassed by their views. I don't know why the Argus allows comments on issues of this type. Morpheus
  • Score: 1

10:58pm Sun 24 Mar 13

mimseycal says...

Morpheus wrote:
After reading these comment I hope that Neon survives this otherwise a lot of people are going to be embarrassed by their views. I don't know why the Argus allows comments on issues of this type.
I hope he survives it as well but for his sake rather then to save me embarrassment.
[quote][p][bold]Morpheus[/bold] wrote: After reading these comment I hope that Neon survives this otherwise a lot of people are going to be embarrassed by their views. I don't know why the Argus allows comments on issues of this type.[/p][/quote]I hope he survives it as well but for his sake rather then to save me embarrassment. mimseycal
  • Score: 0

1:53am Mon 25 Mar 13

mickeymonkeyman says...

please go to google and tap in magic miracle solution there you will find a cure for all cancers malaria aids and hiv,the drs dont tell you about it because they would go out of business many friends of mine are now cured,MMS,you have to send away to buy it 30$a years supply i have a bottle good luck michael.
please go to google and tap in magic miracle solution there you will find a cure for all cancers malaria aids and hiv,the drs dont tell you about it because they would go out of business many friends of mine are now cured,MMS,you have to send away to buy it 30$a years supply i have a bottle good luck michael. mickeymonkeyman
  • Score: -1

1:56am Mon 25 Mar 13

mickeymonkeyman says...

you can email me mickeymonkeyman at michaeljmccracken123
@yahoo.co.uk .best of luck
you can email me mickeymonkeyman at michaeljmccracken123 @yahoo.co.uk .best of luck mickeymonkeyman
  • Score: 0

9:26am Mon 25 Mar 13

DC78 says...

mickeymonkeyman wrote:
please go to google and tap in magic miracle solution there you will find a cure for all cancers malaria aids and hiv,the drs dont tell you about it because they would go out of business many friends of mine are now cured,MMS,you have to send away to buy it 30$a years supply i have a bottle good luck michael.
You really are a dangerous idiot!

http://www.guardian.
co.uk/science/2010/s
ep/15/miracle-minera
l-solutions-mms-blea
ch
[quote][p][bold]mickeymonkeyman[/bold] wrote: please go to google and tap in magic miracle solution there you will find a cure for all cancers malaria aids and hiv,the drs dont tell you about it because they would go out of business many friends of mine are now cured,MMS,you have to send away to buy it 30$a years supply i have a bottle good luck michael.[/p][/quote]You really are a dangerous idiot! http://www.guardian. co.uk/science/2010/s ep/15/miracle-minera l-solutions-mms-blea ch DC78
  • Score: 0

11:06am Mon 25 Mar 13

Ashles says...

mickeymonkeyman wrote:
please go to google and tap in magic miracle solution there you will find a cure for all cancers malaria aids and hiv,the drs dont tell you about it because they would go out of business many friends of mine are now cured,MMS,you have to send away to buy it 30$a years supply i have a bottle good luck michael.
I find it odd how many of the irresponsible people who promote stupid nonsense like "magic miracle solution" expect their comments to be taken seriously despite having no evidence, no knowledge of medical science, and no ability to even use the 'Shift' or paragraph keys on their keyboards.
[quote][p][bold]mickeymonkeyman[/bold] wrote: please go to google and tap in magic miracle solution there you will find a cure for all cancers malaria aids and hiv,the drs dont tell you about it because they would go out of business many friends of mine are now cured,MMS,you have to send away to buy it 30$a years supply i have a bottle good luck michael.[/p][/quote]I find it odd how many of the irresponsible people who promote stupid nonsense like "magic miracle solution" expect their comments to be taken seriously despite having no evidence, no knowledge of medical science, and no ability to even use the 'Shift' or paragraph keys on their keyboards. Ashles
  • Score: 1

11:34am Mon 25 Mar 13

mimseycal says...

Ashles wrote:
mickeymonkeyman wrote:
please go to google and tap in magic miracle solution there you will find a cure for all cancers malaria aids and hiv,the drs dont tell you about it because they would go out of business many friends of mine are now cured,MMS,you have to send away to buy it 30$a years supply i have a bottle good luck michael.
I find it odd how many of the irresponsible people who promote stupid nonsense like "magic miracle solution" expect their comments to be taken seriously despite having no evidence, no knowledge of medical science, and no ability to even use the 'Shift' or paragraph keys on their keyboards.
Considering the fact that the next post offers an email contact for someone who is mickeymonkeyman, or so it is claimed, I'd be more inclined to think that some eejit has gained access to his account and for reasons best known to their pathetic little self is trying to stir up trouble.
[quote][p][bold]Ashles[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]mickeymonkeyman[/bold] wrote: please go to google and tap in magic miracle solution there you will find a cure for all cancers malaria aids and hiv,the drs dont tell you about it because they would go out of business many friends of mine are now cured,MMS,you have to send away to buy it 30$a years supply i have a bottle good luck michael.[/p][/quote]I find it odd how many of the irresponsible people who promote stupid nonsense like "magic miracle solution" expect their comments to be taken seriously despite having no evidence, no knowledge of medical science, and no ability to even use the 'Shift' or paragraph keys on their keyboards.[/p][/quote]Considering the fact that the next post offers an email contact for someone who is mickeymonkeyman, or so it is claimed, I'd be more inclined to think that some eejit has gained access to his account and for reasons best known to their pathetic little self is trying to stir up trouble. mimseycal
  • Score: 0

12:40pm Tue 26 Mar 13

parents truth says...

I feel very sad to live in a country where people can be so nasty and opinionated without bothering to check the facts.

Ms Roberts NEVER said NO to treatment. what she said was she wanted to look at all options. She wanted to be certain that the cancer had returned, she wanted to consult with other medical doctors both in the UK and abroad. This is a right parents should have, the right to a second opinion and the right to have the time and space to take in the news of a child's illness.
She was denied this because the police and courts became involved.. and from this point of being forced into the courts she fought to defend her simple request to be able to weigh up all options. As an outsider looking in it seems that her son has been some human guinea pig in some cruel side show using treatments in doses and frequencies which could easily have killed him..

There was a far safer less toxic option available to her son. Proton therapy which is far safer for a child and even though this therapy is available in the UK she was denied this option, and even though she was funded to have this therapy given abroad, she was denied this by the courts and the experts.

We need to feel really sorry for her, because what she knows was the right medical treatment for her son was denied him and as her poor little boy leaves hospital a shadow of his former self, anyone with a heart would understand how, knowing a safer less invasive treatment was available to her son in this country, she feels overwhelmed with the guilt that she could not make it possible for him to have the proton therapy instead. Instead she has to live with the fear that the radiotherapy may easily be the cause of any future brain tumours.

Sally my thoughts are with you. May the love and support of you and your friends provide the perfect environment in which Neon recovers from this enforced treatment.Namaste
I feel very sad to live in a country where people can be so nasty and opinionated without bothering to check the facts. Ms Roberts NEVER said NO to treatment. what she said was she wanted to look at all options. She wanted to be certain that the cancer had returned, she wanted to consult with other medical doctors both in the UK and abroad. This is a right parents should have, the right to a second opinion and the right to have the time and space to take in the news of a child's illness. She was denied this because the police and courts became involved.. and from this point of being forced into the courts she fought to defend her simple request to be able to weigh up all options. As an outsider looking in it seems that her son has been some human guinea pig in some cruel side show using treatments in doses and frequencies which could easily have killed him.. There was a far safer less toxic option available to her son. Proton therapy which is far safer for a child and even though this therapy is available in the UK she was denied this option, and even though she was funded to have this therapy given abroad, she was denied this by the courts and the experts. We need to feel really sorry for her, because what she knows was the right medical treatment for her son was denied him and as her poor little boy leaves hospital a shadow of his former self, anyone with a heart would understand how, knowing a safer less invasive treatment was available to her son in this country, she feels overwhelmed with the guilt that she could not make it possible for him to have the proton therapy instead. Instead she has to live with the fear that the radiotherapy may easily be the cause of any future brain tumours. Sally my thoughts are with you. May the love and support of you and your friends provide the perfect environment in which Neon recovers from this enforced treatment.Namaste parents truth
  • Score: 1

8:32pm Tue 26 Mar 13

Minion says...

parents truth wrote:
I feel very sad to live in a country where people can be so nasty and opinionated without bothering to check the facts.

Ms Roberts NEVER said NO to treatment. what she said was she wanted to look at all options. She wanted to be certain that the cancer had returned, she wanted to consult with other medical doctors both in the UK and abroad. This is a right parents should have, the right to a second opinion and the right to have the time and space to take in the news of a child's illness.
She was denied this because the police and courts became involved.. and from this point of being forced into the courts she fought to defend her simple request to be able to weigh up all options. As an outsider looking in it seems that her son has been some human guinea pig in some cruel side show using treatments in doses and frequencies which could easily have killed him..

There was a far safer less toxic option available to her son. Proton therapy which is far safer for a child and even though this therapy is available in the UK she was denied this option, and even though she was funded to have this therapy given abroad, she was denied this by the courts and the experts.

We need to feel really sorry for her, because what she knows was the right medical treatment for her son was denied him and as her poor little boy leaves hospital a shadow of his former self, anyone with a heart would understand how, knowing a safer less invasive treatment was available to her son in this country, she feels overwhelmed with the guilt that she could not make it possible for him to have the proton therapy instead. Instead she has to live with the fear that the radiotherapy may easily be the cause of any future brain tumours.

Sally my thoughts are with you. May the love and support of you and your friends provide the perfect environment in which Neon recovers from this enforced treatment.Namaste
I totally agree.

I doubt anyone else on here will, though.
Sheeple tend to blindly assume the authorities know best and have the public's best interests at heart.

No matter how caring many individual doctors may be, the health system and the courts system are based on money and power just like almost everything else in this world.
[quote][p][bold]parents truth[/bold] wrote: I feel very sad to live in a country where people can be so nasty and opinionated without bothering to check the facts. Ms Roberts NEVER said NO to treatment. what she said was she wanted to look at all options. She wanted to be certain that the cancer had returned, she wanted to consult with other medical doctors both in the UK and abroad. This is a right parents should have, the right to a second opinion and the right to have the time and space to take in the news of a child's illness. She was denied this because the police and courts became involved.. and from this point of being forced into the courts she fought to defend her simple request to be able to weigh up all options. As an outsider looking in it seems that her son has been some human guinea pig in some cruel side show using treatments in doses and frequencies which could easily have killed him.. There was a far safer less toxic option available to her son. Proton therapy which is far safer for a child and even though this therapy is available in the UK she was denied this option, and even though she was funded to have this therapy given abroad, she was denied this by the courts and the experts. We need to feel really sorry for her, because what she knows was the right medical treatment for her son was denied him and as her poor little boy leaves hospital a shadow of his former self, anyone with a heart would understand how, knowing a safer less invasive treatment was available to her son in this country, she feels overwhelmed with the guilt that she could not make it possible for him to have the proton therapy instead. Instead she has to live with the fear that the radiotherapy may easily be the cause of any future brain tumours. Sally my thoughts are with you. May the love and support of you and your friends provide the perfect environment in which Neon recovers from this enforced treatment.Namaste[/p][/quote]I totally agree. I doubt anyone else on here will, though. Sheeple tend to blindly assume the authorities know best and have the public's best interests at heart. No matter how caring many individual doctors may be, the health system and the courts system are based on money and power just like almost everything else in this world. Minion
  • Score: 2

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