Allison’s Blog

Christmas, Everyday Life

What Hannah got for Christmas 2017

A cold, she got a cold. Well, it was an early bonus gift, she missed her last day of nursery, which was a good job, because she had a temperature.  This meant she had to go to hospital for a blood test (I’ll save explaining this procedure for a future post), thankfully she could go… Continue reading What Hannah got for Christmas 2017

Cancer Life, Treatment

Hannah’s treatment plan, first intensive stage, Induction (36 days)

There are different treatments for each individual cancer type, and even those who have the same type of cancer, will be on a different plan.  There is no "One size fits all." Because of this, I can only give you details of my daughters treatment. Treatment for Acute Lymphoblastic Leukaemia includes a wide range of… Continue reading Hannah’s treatment plan, first intensive stage, Induction (36 days)

Cancer Stories, Rare Cancers

Evie’s Cancer Story

Experts are still on the fence on whether Histiocytosis is a cancer or not, it is however treated as such. Evie's mother, Sarah Thompson, explains the difficulties of getting something extremely rare diagnosed. Name: Evie Violet Hewitt Age at diagnosis: 2 Diagnosis: Juvenile Xanthogranuloma (JXG) Histiocytosis Additional info: Evie's ocular involvement was almost unheard of, because… Continue reading Evie’s Cancer Story

Cancer Stories, Rare Cancers

Fidel’s Cancer Story

  A rare cancer story, from mother, Erika Shaw, about her beautiful son, Fidel. Misdiagnosis is a huge problem when it comes to childhood cancer, sometimes the right diagnosis comes too late.  More needs to be done.   Name: Fidel N Gallegos Jr Age at diagnosis: 6 weeks Diagnosis: Rhabdoid Tumor Atrt Additional Info: The cancer after further researched… Continue reading Fidel’s Cancer Story

Cancer Life

Hannah – Acute Lymphoblastic Leukaemia

My daughter Hannah, and what led to her diagnosis.

Ziggy Zoo Radio

Today we are sharing Hannah’s story by her Mum, Allison.

Hannah was diagnosed with Acute Lymphoblastic Leukaemia at 11 months old, on 23rd March 2016. She was in and out of hospital during the 9 months of intensive chemotherapy, she is now 9 months into maintenance treatment, thankfully she’s coping quite well and we’re hoping this can continue until end of treatment.

Was it quite easy to get a diagnosis or were there delays?

It was 13 days, between going to the doctors and getting a diagnosis. Her symptoms were bumps on her head and bruising all over, they did thorough scans, blood tests and a biopsy. This was an urgent matter, to rule us out as the cause. Her blood results didn’t show anything sinister, but the biopsy did.

That was very quick. It is not always the case though is it? It sounds like such an awful time…

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