A devastating diagnosis
When Max passed away, it affected the whole family. If by sharing our story, we can help to raise money to fund important research, then hopefully we can stop other families going through what we did.
We’d noticed that Max was getting very tired and had a lot of bruises on his legs, but we didn’t really suspect anything. He’d just started school so we thought he was just worn out from a busy day. Looking back, he also had a little cut on his arm that wasn’t healing, but again, we didn’t think much of it.
He developed a very high temperature on a Friday and we took him to the doctor’s on the Saturday. We were sent home and told to monitor Max – his temperature was over 40 degrees, so we took him to the hospital. They suspected meningitis. The hospital ran more tests, including a lumbar puncture.
We were told it wasn’t meningitis. Relief. It was in fact acute myeloid leukaemia. Devastation.