WHEN Felix Brown was diagnosed with leukaemia just six weeks ago, his world stopped.
But rather than let cancer win, the football-mad 10-year-old has battled back and chosen his strongest weapon to take on the fight of his life – humour.
The schoolboy, who played for Bournemouth Poppies, began writing a blog The Diary of Mr Felix Brown giving a stark insight into life after the moment 'you realise nothing will ever be the same.'
Now Felix has become a star after he has moved hundreds of online followers to laughter and tears with his daily highs and lows of fighting the disease.
Among his new friends are celebrities AFC Bournemouth manager Eddie Howe who has even called into the youngster’s house for tea and former Cherries striker Yann Kermorgant, who battled leukaemia aged 14 and is in regular contact with Felix as he endures gruelling treatment.
Felix, said: “A lot of things went through my head when I was told I had leukaemia.
"The blog isn't a place for doom and gloom though. I wanted to look at the positive side of things because I'm still Felix, that hasn't changed.
"Leukaemia doesn't have to stop you being you and I'm so lucky to have support from my football heroes."
Felix, a pupil at Hill View Primary School, was dealt the devastating news he has leukaemia in January out of the blue.
Normally fit and healthy, he became unwell over Christmas which he spent at home in Moordown with his parents Kerry and Dylan, sister Talia, 11, and seven-year-old brother Rufus.
Felix was referred to hospital for blood tests but just hours later, the family were told Felix had Acute Lymphoblastic Leukaemia, the most common type of cancer affecting children.
Rather than let the news get him down, Felix decided to create an internet blog to link in with family, friends and strangers as well as to inspire other children fighting cancer.
His first post on February 8, read: “This is my story. The story of a 10 year old boy.
“The story, which at the moment, is a bit of a curve ball.
“I have Acute Lymphoblastic Leukaemia.”
Felix, who spent two weeks at Southampton General Hospital undergoing tests and starting chemotherapy as part of his three year treatment programme, has since documented everything from his anxiety of going to hospital every week, making friends with Cedric the seagull who visits him on the window sill of his hospital ward and losing his hair to 1804 followers.
In one emotional post, he shared an image reading: “There are moments which mark your life. Moments when you realise nothing will ever be the same and time is divided into two parts, before this and after this.”
However, Felix overcomes the daily struggles he faces by using his personality trait of making people laugh.
He posted an image 'Keep calm it's chemo time', has mocked his nan for having a crush on his doctor and highlighted the funny side effects of taking steroids such as unusual hunger cravings and likening himself to the Incredible Hulk with mood swings that led to him smothering his big sister in cream cheese.
Mum Kerry, 43, a teacher at The Bourne Academy, is often the subject of his sarcasm.
He wrote: 'Mum has only asked me 153 times if I'm okay today. Today is a good day."
Another day he posted: "Mum can't stop crying today! She's wandering round the house making a right mess- Snot and tissues everywhere! Please don't worry - she's laughing as well! With her puffy eyes and my puffy face we're more than ready for Halloween! #funny #cucumber #newnormal"
But dad Dylan, 40, the head of sixth form at Twynham School, doesn't escape his son's wit either.
He said: "Some of you may have noticed that my face is getting rather bloated! This is the steroids.
"I don't want you to be alarmed but I will puff up a bit more and become bald over the next few weeks - just like my Dad! #steroidboy #baldboysrock #pufftastic"
Felix's most popular post, shared nearly 2000 times, is a photo of his big feet with the caption: "They have leukaemia too!"
Football though, is one subject that features throughout the blog.
The youngster said his passion for the sport as well as the support of footballing stars has helped him battle through his darkest days when he takes 15 different tablets and chemotherapy has left him sick and his legs so weak he is unable to climb the stairs.
Following the Cherries win against Southampton FC, the AFC Bournemouth fan wrote: ‘Oncology clinic today. My doctor is a Saints fan who really dislikes the colour pink. Hmmmm… what shall I wear today?!?’ Minutes later, he posted a photograph wearing the AFC Bournemouth kit with the caption ‘I think this should do the job!’ A highlight for Felix was a phone call from his hero, footballer Yann Kermorgant after a training session, who has pledged to support the schoolboy.
Clutching his long string of 'courage beads' which he gets for each medical procedure he endures, Felix, said: “Yann told me he was 14 when he had leukaemia. He said it was the biggest fight of his life but it’s made him stronger today.
“He said to me: ‘Be strong. I will be with you all the way. You will win this.
“He gave me his mobile number and said if I was feeling down I could text or call him at any time so we speak a lot. He was so nice. It has made me feel a lot better."
Last week Felix even had a visit from AFC Bournemouth manager Eddie Howe who called in for a cup of tea, gave him a signed shirt and invited him to watch a training session today ahead of Saturday’s game.
“I can’t believe how much time he gave even though he is so busy," Felix said.
"Eddie said success comes from hard work and also said about the importance of keeping a strong mind in sport.
"It makes me feel much stronger. It upset me the other day when I tried to kick a football with my little brother and I fell over but I will win. One day I want to be a footballer."
Mum Kerry, said: "Felix means happy. He's always been a happy kid who loves making people laugh because life's too serious and hard enough as it is. I'm incredibly proud of him."