Is it leukaemia or not?
My parents were then told that it was possible I didn’t have leukaemia since my blood had recovered so quickly. I was going to be monitored as an out-patient for a while to make sure everything was okay.
I attended Birmingham Children’s Hospital every three weeks until the middle of April 1983. Another bone marrow sample was taken and my parents were told that I did have acute lymphoblastic leukaemia after all. I returned to hospital the next day to commence my initial 12 weeks of intense chemotherapy.
It was a very difficult time for my parents. They had been told in January that I had leukaemia, a few days later that I didn’t have it, and then some three months later it was confirmed that I did have leukaemia. The doctors were very sensitive to this and my parents were treated with great compassion.