A long diagnosis
When she was four months old, Hollie had little pin prick like spots all over her body. We took her back and forth to the doctors. As Hollie has always been constipated, they said these spots were a straining rash.
Months down the line the spots still hadn’t gone and more were appearing. Again we took her to the doctors and they sent us home with the same reason. When Hollie was a year old, she started pulling herself up and crawling around. She would bruise very easily. So back to the doctors and they said that now she was moving around she was going to bump herself.
Something was telling me that something wasn’t right. But you take the doctor’s word for it, don’t you? At 14 months old, Hollie was black and blue, bruises all over her. People were looking and I bet they were thinking I’d done it to her. I was nearly in tears. I changed surgeries.
As soon as we saw a new doctor, he said something wasn’t right and called the hospital for a full blood count. We went straight there for Hollie’s results. The spots were all to do with a lack of platelets. Her platelet count should have been between 150-400. Hollie’s was nine.
We were rushed straight to the children’s oncology ward in Cardiff. On 9 July 2009, Hollie was then diagnosed with acute myeloid leukaemia (AML).