Adele Pollock feared she would never see her son start school.
Ben Pollock-Balfe (5) has battled cancer twice after being diagnosed with testicular cancer at four months and leukaemia two years ago.
Now he's fitting in daily chemotherapy (his second year of a three-year treatment cycle) around his school days at St Mary's Boys National School in Drogheda, Co Louth.
Ms Pollock, from Five Oaks, Drogheda, Co Louth, said: "Ben is such a positive little lad. He has gone through so much already in his short little life.
"On his first day of school he was great, I was so proud of him. "He went in straight away, no bother, and made new friends, no problem."
Ben has already faced major challenges in his life so has taken to his first few days at school without a bother. "He is just so positive and chatty."