Diagnosis of acute lymphoblastic leukaemia
We want to share our family’s story to help spread awareness of childhood cancer. We hope that one day no family needs to go through the trauma that still lives with my family. My husband Robert and I are the proud parents of two wonderful girls – Robyn and Jemma. When Robyn was just two and Jemma 10 months, our world went through a transformation that it will never recover from.
Jemma was diagnosed with acute lymphoblastic leukaemia (ALL). Not only was this terrifying – it was also an incredibly rare diagnosis for a young baby. I had taken Jemma to the doctors as a precaution when she hadn’t shifted a cold and had developed a rash. The doctor sent us to our local hospital. The consultant there ran some tests.
He then gave us the devastating diagnosis, telling Robert and I that she had just a 50/50 chance of surviving.