Chronic illness can be incredibly hard to deal with, and that’s even truer when the one suffering is a child. That’s why an English mom is asking for people to send birthday cards to her 13-year-old son, who suffers from a severe form of the skin disorder epidermolysis bullosa.
Tanya Williams from Bolton in the UK revealed that her 13-year-old son Rhys has “had enough of life” due to his condition, which covers his body in painful sores and blisters and has even fused his fingers together. His mom is heartbroken to see her son feeling so terribly and wants to do anything she can to cheer him up.
“He just wants to give up, he doesn’t want to fight anymore. What do you do as a mum?” she said in an interview with Metro.
Rhys will have his 14th birthday on September 14th and his mom hopes that by seeing that people around the world are thinking of him and wishing him well, he might discover that there is indeed something to live for and his spirits might be raised. At the moment, Tanya says that Rhys only does his schoolwork and plays Xbox as he’s too afraid to go out in case people judge him and stare at him. Not only that, but he’s on Morphine for severe pain and has to be fed through a tube.
“He’s such a happy boy most of the time but recently it’s a struggle to try and get through to him,” Tanya explained. “I don’t want him to be in pain anymore but I still want him to be here.”
Rhys previously received Christmas cards from strangers across the globe and after seeing the positive effect it had on her son, Tanya came up with the idea of asking for cards for the teen’s birthday as well. Anyone who wants to send Rhys a card or postcard can do so by writing the family at 40 Whalley Avenue, Bolton, BL1 5UD.
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