The first eight months of treatment were toughest, with Izzy feeling the effects of the treatment; nausea, tiredness and hair loss. Her immune system was compromised, so she missed out on parties and had to avoid sick family members.
After that the treatment was smaller doses of chemotherapy given at home every day. Izzy was never keen on the medicine, but over time, put up with it. The treatment plan was dauntingly long at first, but day by day, dose by dose, we slowly counted down the days until the end of treatment.
Izzy’s big sister Sophie regularly sent short videos to say hi when she was not able to visit in hospital herself, and always had plenty of cuddles when Izzy was at home. Izzy’s little brother Fred was born whilst she was in hospital, so Izzy had to wait five nights before she was able to meet him in person, but enjoyed telling nurses and ward mates she had a new baby brother.