Molly

05 December 2014
Molly at the hairdressers
Molly was diagnosed with Non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma when she was eight years old. Her dad, Damon, tells her story:

"In May 2011 my daughter Molly, aged eight, was diagnosed with Non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma - a type of blood cancer.

Two and a half years of chemotherapy

She puked constantly, lost her hair, regrew it, lost it again, puked some more and grew her hair back.Over the next two and a half years she received almost daily chemotherapy, had lumbar punctures, blood transfusions, Hickman lines and a Portacath inserted and removed. And she took more pills than you could shake a stick at.

She puked constantly, lost her hair, regrew it, lost it again, puked some more and grew her hair back.

On a number of occasions, it felt like the chemo was doing her more damage than the cancer. But on September 20th 2013 her treatment ended.
Molly and her brother Joe
Touch wood. It has all gone very well. And apart from the appalling physical side effects and total mental trauma, it was a breeze.

Now we just wait to see if it comes back. Cancer is all about the waiting.
[photo: Molly and her brother, Joe]

Cancer is a funny business

However, no matter how bad it was for us, her parents, it was incomprehensively worse for her.

Yet she just got on with it and did what was asked. That’s not to say that she didn’t hate most of the treatment - but that she blindly trusted us, just as we blindly trusted the doctors, nurses, consultants and surgeons.

But it does work and the treatment is getting better and better thanks to the incredible research and work of those genius science types.Cancer is a funny business. The doctors take you to one side and essentially say, ‘Your child is going to die if she is not treated. So what we’d like to do is spend the next two and half years pumping her full of poison, which will make her feel truly awful and could be very dangerous for her. Oh, and there’s no guarantee that it will work. Do you fancy giving it a go?’

And you answer, ‘Where do I sign up?’ What choice do you have?

But it does work and the treatment is getting better and better thanks to the incredible research and work of those genius science types.  

Molly during treatmentThe truth is that even 10-15 years ago the chances are that Molly wouldn't have made it.

Molly has made it through

But Molly has made it through. And thankfully we have a very happy and healthy 12-year-old.

Or more precisely, we have a very healthy and sometimes happy, sometimes grumpy, sometimes annoying, sometimes exasperating 12-year-old. We wouldn’t have it any other way."

[December 2014]

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Damon has been a fabulous fundraiser for Children with Cancer UK

Damon Pattison at the finish for RideLondonHe’s taken part in our London To Brighton cycle in 2012, our RideLondon cycle in 2013 and has signed up for RideLondon 2015!

To date he has raised over £7,000 for us - thank you Damon.

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