Thanks to so many charities
More recently Emma started suffering with anxiety, but doesn’t let this hold her back. She’s a fun, loving and caring little girl. Emma doesn’t allow anything to set her back, she doesn’t moan and she never feels sorry for herself. She gets through everything with a smile. Thanks to so many charities including Children with Cancer UK, we have been lucky enough to make some amazing memories over the last 10 years . The help we receive from charities makes a massive difference to families. It gives us something positive to look forward to. Especially now that Emma has a little brother, he’s starting to understand more about her cancer and being involved in days out keeps them both positive about cancer.
The last 10 years haven’t been easy, but I would do it all again to get where we are now. We still have bad days and scary days but we also have a lot of good days with lots and lots of laughs. I hope sharing Emma’s story can give other families hope. I felt bitter and angry for a long time, which got worse every time Emma had a new side effect or disability. I started to grieve for that “normal” childhood my daughter wouldn’t have, but Emma knew no different, she smiled and just got on with it.
We weren’t prepared for life after treatment, but slowly things started to fit into place. We accepted and adjusted to a new life. Children with Cancer UK do amazing work funding research into finding new drugs and treatments for children with cancer. I can only hope that one day their researchers find a treatment that doesn’t leave these beautiful and brave children with so many side effects and disabilities.
Samantha, Emma’s mum, October 2017.