Vega now has 1,632 beads
At every stage of cancer treatment, children receive a new Bead of Courage
. The beads join together to form (often long) physical representations of their recovery, keeping a record of every hospital trip and treatment on their courageous journey. The Beads of Courage help to decrease illness-related distress and increase positive coping strategies to support children and their families. Over the last two years Vega has collected beads for chemotherapy
, port access, investigations, acts of courage, hair loss… well anything. You name it, there is a bead for it. Here are some numbers…
- 114 weeks, or 798 days on treatment, not including the 16 days left on our countdown.
- 86 nights in hospital. Believe me or not, I think that is pretty good actually, considering the length of treatment.
- Approx 750 individual doses of chemotherapy. Yep, huge number. And I think I rounded that up towards the bottom end. These have been made up from 7 different type of chemotherapy drugs.
- 131 days of steroids. We have 5 more before the end of treatment. 131 days of total misery.
- Approx 300 blood tests. Vega has weekly blood tests but we have had countless weeks when she used to have more than two. Huge amount of lab work.
- 21 blood transfusions.
- 29 x-rays, 1 CT scan, 1 echocardiogram, 1 linogram, 8 ultrasounds.
- 19 lumbar punctures, 3 bone marrow tests, 1 port insertion, 22 general anaesthetics.
- 114 consecutive weeks on antibiotics (weekend only).