The first six months of her treatment were really hard – for her and for the rest of the family. It had a big impact on her physically and emotionally. It was also incredibly distressing for me and my family, thinking about whether Astrid would survive. We also had to consider all the possible side effects that the cancer and treatment could have on Astrid in the future. It’s a lot for a child to face.
She was two years old at the time and I feel like we were lucky with the age at which this happened. She was just old enough to be able to express her feelings and communicate what was troubling her, but not so old that she really understood what was happening. It didn’t bother her at all when her hair fell out, but if that happened now, just 18 months later, she’d be really upset.