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… Continue reading How Hannah was diagnosed. Part 3: It’s Cancer
We’d arrived at A&E, went through initial assessments and were sent up to the Children's Assessment and Treatment Unit (CAT unit), as there was a junior doctors strike on, we were in for a long wait. Hannah was seen by one of the senior doctors, we went through more assessments, and he examined her, asked… Continue reading How Hannah was diagnosed. Part 2: Abuse or Medical
It all began with a bump on the head. We heard her crying in her cot, we went to check on her, and found her scrunched in the corner of the cot. It looked like she’d bumped her head on the bars, we gave her a cuddle, kissed her head and she soon stopped crying. … Continue reading How Hannah was diagnosed. Part 1: The Bump
I got nominated by Just Soph and Riley (Thank you!) for the Liebster Award. She's a fellow oncology mum, and her blog is about Riley’s journey through cancer, their daily lives, making memories & new journeys. What’s the Liebster Award? It’s an award in which bloggers nominate other bloggers for showing respect to their works and their dedication. It’s… Continue reading Liebster Award 2018
This stage lasts for 78 weeks, or 547 days. With Hannah having so many delays in treatment, it’s currently unknown, if she will end her treatment exactly 2 years after her diagnosis or if she will have the full 78 weeks of maintenance. We’ll hopefully know this soon. Here is a breakdown of Hannah’s maintenance… Continue reading Hannah’s treatment plan, maintenance, final stage, (377 days, so far).
In extremely rare cases, the cancer found, remains unknown, and consultants have a difficult task of working out a treatment plan. Fletcher was one of the first children that we came to know, and we befriended his parents, Lee and Leanne Fisher. It broke our hearts when we heard that the doctors couldn't save him.… Continue reading Fletcher’s Cancer Story
This stage lasted 7 weeks, and was split into 2 parts. It was the intention, that she’d have 4 weeks on, 1 week off, then 2 weeks on. But Hannah had more delays due to being neutropenic, 3 weeks delays in total. She also had a few infections to contend with, she was able to… Continue reading Hannah’s treatment plan, fourth intensive stage, OCTADAD (50days)
Good job I’m shaving my head at the end of the month, as I’ve been very close to tearing it out. Hannah has seriously tested my patience this past week, it’s like a switch has been flipped, she falls to the floor on purpose, sometimes banging her head, thankfully not hard enough to do any… Continue reading Behaviour battles, getting Hannah to eat healthier food, and back to nursery.
She was able to start this stage after a 3 week delay, which made it 5 weeks in total, since her last dose of chemo. We ended up spending most of this stage in hospital, due to line and viral infections. We also had news, that a very small percentage of the leukaemia cells had… Continue reading Hannah’s treatment plan, third intensive stage, MARMA (29 days)
The new year began with a stall. Hannah, was still getting over her cold, and her nursery closed for building works, which I was a little relieved about, as I wouldn’t have taken Hannah in whilst she had a cold, and at least now she won’t miss out on anything. The downside, with her cold… Continue reading Our new year began with cabin fever, a temperature panic, and exhaustion.