Jenna Bradley, who was born with a rare form of cystic fibrosis, was diagnosed with leukaemia in August 2011 aged just three, after she had become very tired, pale and had developed a rash.
A full blood analysis at the Royal Victoria Infirmary in Newcastle revealed had she had acute lymphoblastic leukaemia (ALL). Her haemoglobin count was just 4 and she began intensive treatment immediately.
Jenna’s dad, Jonathan, says: “Jenna began a bombardment of different chemotherapy drugs like Vincristine, Methotrexate, Asparaginase, Cytarabine, Mercaptopurine, Cyclophosphamide and Dexamethasone.
“Before Christmas 2011, she was admitted to hospital with what appeared to a typical neutropenic fever. Unusually, her temperature bounced up and down. The Sunday and Monday that followed will remain etched in my memory for the rest of my life. Jenna experienced Methotrexate Encephalopathy which saw her all but completely CNS motor paralysed from her neck down for two days.
“She could just move her thumb which proved that she could see, hear and touch. What broke my heart was that she squeezed my hand again to say she was frightened. The helplessness was utterly overwhelming”.
Jenna received her last treatment in December 2013, and we are delighted to report that the family were able to spend a happy and treatment free Christmas together.
Jonathan says: “Jenna has come through her illness with amazing courage, determination and strength and I am exceptionally proud of her.”