Mia’s missed diagnosis
Shortly after her fourth birthday, Mia was very pale and suggested that her legs were aching. We took her to the GP twice, they blamed a virus and “growing pains”. On the Sunday at the end of that week, I took Mia swimming. As I was drying Mia’s hair, she said “ouch”, I assumed I’d pulled her hair but she mentioned a pain in her chest and then she had a small nosebleed.
This didn’t seem right so I took her to A & E at the local hospital. She had blood tests and we were admitted to the children’s ward to wait for the results. After a while, we were called into a side room and informed that Mia had leukaemia. It felt like a part of our world had just ended. My initial thoughts were that Mia was going to die. My wife and I were in pieces. We soon realised that we had to get on and be strong for Mia.