Update on Rose – July 2013
Rose’s mum, Alison, brings us up-to-date:
“In July 2013, Rose reached five years since treatment ended – a huge hurdle which, once upon a time, we could barely dream of. When I look at her now; a lively, funny, healthy little seven year old, it is almost impossible to imagine everything Rose has been through and survived!
Each time I see her take part in a school assembly, a tap or ballet show or simply playing with her big sister or school friends I am filled with amazement and huge gratitude to all the people who helped her to reach this point. Every step she makes is magnificent!
We have watched Rose go through so many treatments, be so very ill and frail. We have waited with baited breath every time she had another infection to see whether this time this was it, we would lose her. So now, inevitably, there remains a gaping hole where our confidence and complacency used to be. It is a scar which I now realise we shall carry in our own ways for the rest of our lives.
However, all these feelings pale into insignificance when I look at her and watch her grow up, unaware of the gravity of her illness and the huge mountain which she has climbed already. We are so hugely grateful to Children with Cancer UK for the incredible work they do for children such as Rose. It is thanks to them that there were new medicines and protocols in place to treat Rose.
We are also aware that Rose is still very much one of the lucky ones as survival rates for infant acute lymphoblastic leukaemia remain relatively low. That is why we feel compelled to do more; to give something back in an attempt to show a tiny fraction of our gratitude and to try to give a little more hope to the children diagnosed with cancer and leukaemia and their families.