The bump, tummy pains and angry bruise that led to a devastating diagnosis
Jess was an eight-year-old little girl who loved her family, friends and being mischievous. She was spirited, kind and loved making noise, particularly on her euphonium! She was generally happy, healthy and enjoyed being a ‘mini mum’ as she would say. But only eight years and two months into her life, everything changed…
On 18 September 2019, we received the most devastating news; Jess had acute lymphoblastic leukaemia. We couldn’t believe it- only hours earlier Jess had been playing at school.
Jess had been relatively well (or so we thought) up until this point; she’d been to the GP a few times over the few weeks in the run up to this with periodical tummy pains, but all suggestions were that the tummy pains were nothing to be concerned about. But when Jess had a bump, an exceptionally angry bruise and tiredness, combined with the tummy pains, I wanted the doctor to see her again. The GP we saw sent us straight to the hospital for tests and that was where our story began.