Diagnosis and treatment
When we got to the hospital, we were told that there were blast cells on Beth’s blood smear. The doctors gave me a huge list of things they knew it wasn’t, but I just wanted to hear what it was!
I didn’t know what blast cells were – I’d heard of neuroblastoma before and I thought they were going to tell me my daughter had it. So when they told me they thought it was acute lymphoblastic leukaemia, I almost felt relieved.
Beth needed a bone marrow test to confirm the diagnosis and was immediately referred to the Royal Victoria Infirmary down the road for treatment. A couple of days later, she had a portacath fitted and the chemotherapy started.