Luke was referred for blood tests and scans
I remember sitting in the waiting room with Luke asleep in his car seat, the Christmas tree in the waiting room and carols playing. He looked so healthy and contented. It will be nothing, I thought.
Anyway, the GP examined him and referred him immediately up to Frimley Park Hospital A&E department as he wanted a scan done and bloods taken. He didn’t alarm me too much but he was persistent and serious.
We spent the afternoon at the hospital and he had an ultrasound scan, CT scan and numerous bloods tests. It was very distressing for us all. They informed us that evening that our baby boy had cancer – but they didn’t know what type and how serious it was.
“Babies don’t get cancer! There must be a mistake,” I thought. The world as we knew it fell apart and we started the long journey that was cancer.
Luke was transferred up to Great Ormond Street Hospital in London. We spent a week on Lion Ward whilst the oncology team did further tests, a biopsy of the lump, inserted his central line, he had an MRI scan and another CT scan.
Luke went through so much that week but he was still the happy baby boy we knew and loved. We missed our other two children terribly and it was a very difficult time for them too. Luckily we had grandparents to help as much as they could.