The devastating news no parent should hear
We left the house that evening with nothing packed as we fully expected to be coming back home. How wrong we were. The more tests and examinations they did, we soon realised this was far more serious than we had first imagined. As soon as the doctor said, a nurse will sit with Lois so we can move to a separate room, we just knew it was bad news. Then we heard the word no parents ever expect to hear; “we believe Lois may have leukaemia”. The bottom fell out of our world at that point. I just felt numb and panic stricken. I kept thinking, how can she? She doesn’t have any of the usual symptoms I know you associate with leukaemia such as being excessively tired, bruising etc. Quite unbelievable to think that we saw the doctor at 11am that morning for a rash and by 10pm, we had a diagnosis of leukaemia. 11 hours in total. We are forever grateful at getting such a swift diagnosis. We were immediately moved to the children’s ward and from there Lois was transferred to a hospital in Sutton where the diagnosis of acute myeloid leukaemia was confirmed. We stayed as an inpatient all summer, eight weeks in total for her first round of chemotherapy. As her mum, I found it impossible to leave her side, so I stayed with Lois while her dad Gary and older brother Joss used to visit every day. We often watched films together in the family room. Luckily we lived very close by.