Diagnosis and treatment
It’s not something you would expect to happen to your four-year-old daughter. But unfortunately it can and does happen.
Bethan had been unwell with several infections and was exhausted. She began to lose interest in the things she usually enjoyed. She was always such an outgoing child and loved to be out doing something all the time so we had an idea that something was not quite right.
But when we received the news that she had leukaemia and would need just over two years of chemotherapy, we were devastated. We couldn’t believe what we were hearing and it was life-changing for us.
During the first few weeks of her treatment Bethan became weak and began to lose her hair from the chemotherapy. She started to look like a different child. We wondered if she would ever get back to normal.
It was heartbreaking to see your child go through this. Instead of doing the usual things a four year old would do, she was in hospital having endless blood tests, medicines and lumbar punctures. Sometimes she would scream so much.