Beth is coping really well
Beth is a really bright girl, and whilst she doesn’t know how serious leukaemia is, she knows she’s very poorly. When we first got to hospital, we saw some children who had lost their hair, and we explained that she would lose her hair too. This was quite upsetting for Beth as she’s quite a girlie girl.
She’s needed two intensive blocks of chemotherapy so far and has lost her hair twice, but has been coping really well. She quite likes going to the hospital – she’s made some friends, likes the doctors and enjoys the attention! Plus there’s a magician who visits the wards and a cinema at the hospital.
Beth’s walking was affected for a bit after a high dose of steroids. She suffered from hyper-mobility before she was diagnosed with leukaemia which didn’t help matters. We encouraged her to walk to get her mobility back and she plays and swims just like her friends. She is noticeably less agile but it doesn’t stop her.
Beth finishes treatment on 20 September 2013. Though I am simultaneously looking forward to and dreading this time, for Beth’s sake we plan to embrace a return to normality and hope that the rest of her childhood is carefree.