Read about Ace’s victory against acute lymphoblastic leukaemia, as told by his dad, Ian.
28 January 2008. A day that changed my whole family’s life. My son Ace was three years and three months old when he was diagnosed with acute lymphoblastic leukaemia.
One day, Ace was being a real little terror and I poked him gently in the chest and told him to behave. That night, he had a large bruise on his chest. The next day, the bruise still there, but bigger and more purple. Two days later, he turned white as a ghost – he was just so pale, it was horrible.
We went to see our family GP, and when she heard the story and saw the bruise, she requested a blood test. After the blood test at hospital, my wife dropped me at work on the way home. Within an hour, she called me saying: ‘We have got to get Ace back to hospital now. He is in a serious condition.’
The next day, the doctors wanted to do a bone marrow aspiration, so we signed the forms and gave our permission. When they told us the risks, we were all still in a daze. We never had to deal with this before so we just accepted everything. Two days later, we were called into our consultant’s office and she broke the news: ‘Ace has acute lymphoblastic leukaemia’.
I was so angry. Getting leukaemia at any age is not right. Ace needed a Hickman line, chemotherapy and steroids for over three and a half years. After a while, all of Ace’s hair came out – eyebrows, head, the lot. I still have some of his original hair in my wallet. I was never ever embarrassed to walk down the street with him, he is my little warrior.
Throughout Ace’s treatment, we had some great times at the hospital. It does not matter how much poison they pump into the kids, they all still smile the biggest smiles. We were extremely humbled by the amount of support we received, not only from the hospital, doctors, nurses and play specialist but charities sending us away for a few days here and there.
Thanks to supporters of Children with Cancer UK, we went on a holiday to Italy at the end of Ace’s treatment. It was amazing, our first proper holiday in years and great for all the kids and us parents. Ace is doing very well. He started secondary school in 2017 and is achieving some great results.
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