Diagnosis and treatment
Alice was becoming unwell with temperature spikes and high blood pressure, symptoms she may have been experiencing before, but that we hadn’t recognised. That first week in and out of hospital was so tough. Explaining everything to Alice was so hard – she was frightened and didn’t understand why it was all happening.
It was confirmed that is was Wilms’ tumour. The treatment plan would be six weeks of chemo before surgery to remove her kidney and the tumour. I was terrified at the prospect of all of this and the possible side effects and I got very upset at the thought of what our beautiful girl would have to go through. But we tried to remain positive and decided on a ‘one day at a time’ approach.
She started chemotherapy almost straight away. The first lot made her sick which was horrible. We then had to get her used to having her portacath needled. This was a massive battle at first with lots of tears (from us all) but eventually she seemed to accept it and let the nurses do it without any fuss.
She lost her beautiful blonde hair quite quickly which I found really hard. It didn’t bother her at first but she has asked about it since, which is heart-breaking.