Cancer Life, Diagnosis

How Hannah was diagnosed. Part 3: It’s Cancer


We arrived at the Children’s Medicine ward, and spoke with two doctors, in an empty bay area.  They told us, Hannah’s biopsy came back showing cancerous cells, but they didn’t know what they were dealing with, more tests would need to be done on the samples taken.

After being left alone to deal with the news, we met with an oncologist on the Children’s Haematology and Oncology Day Unit. He informed us, Hannah would need chemotherapy, but they wanted to wait until a diagnosis was determined. We went home, spending the whole day letting our friends and families know, that Hannah had Cancer.

We waited for five days, fearing the worst, and dreading what was to come. When they called, we packed a bag to last us a few days in hospital, hoping we had answers and something that could be treated.  We arrived at the Children’s Oncology and Haematology ward, and met Dr. Bob Phillips, he had to give us the bad news, that they still didn’t know what Hannah had, he was expecting the results to have come through. We went back home, with the hopes of results arriving the next day.

Hannah diagnosed
Day of diagnosis.

We found ourselves back at the hospital the next day, and this time they had the results.  We spoke with Dr. Bob, he told us that Hannah had Acute Lymphoblastic Leukaemia (ALL), all I wanted to know is, what happens now.  Hannah would start treatment within 24 hours, and we were shown her treatment plan.

This is the moment our lives changed.

Read more about Hannah’s treatment plan.

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