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Bella's Story

Bella was diagnosed with Acute lymphoblastic leukaemia in November 2016. She was just two years old at the time. Her mum, Lisa, tells their story so far:

No signs or symptoms

You hear all these stories of mothers that knew their child weren’t themselves but had to battle for doctors to listen to them. Well, what about when your child has no signs or symptoms that there are ill, and the only reason you go to the hospital is due to her falling off a chair?

Cancer is the scariest thing anyone could go through, especially when they are only two years of age. To hear that your baby has leukaemia has got to be the hardest thing to hear.

Bella really struggled with chemotherapy and we spent month after month in the hospital. When one infection went, she seemed to catch another. At one point I thought this nightmare would never end. After 10 months of intensive chemotherapy which could be up to four doses of chemotherapy a day, Bella went into maintenance chemotherapy.

She has started to eat again

The difference in Bella is unbelievable. She is happy and has even started to eat again. Her eating is very limited but she is eating enough to say goodbye to the NG tube. We still have a long way to go and Bella will carry on receiving monthly chemotherapy through her port. She will be having oral chemotherapy every evening alongside steroids, methotrexate and weekend antibiotics until 2019.

Bella is going from strength to strength and I am so proud of her.

Bring on ringing that bell.

Bella’s fourth birthday

It was Bella’s birthday on Sunday 22nd July and I wanted to share with you the difference a year can make. She is on maintenance chemotherapy which is orally every evening and once a month through her line. She has eight more months to go.
Lisa, mum, July 2018

Update May 2019

Bella is doing super well, it’s like she’s a totally different child! She’s doing really well at nursery and is walking a lot more now. Her eating is also on the improve. Bella’s port was successfully removed a month ago and I hope we can now start to put this nightmare behind us. Bella was bridesmaid at our wedding in May which was very special for us all!

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On 29 March 2019, Bella rang her end of treatment bell, marking the end of her experience with chemotherapy, steroids, methotrexate and weekend antibiotics. The family were and are overjoyed.