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Katie Corfield's Story

Andy Jackson
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19 Jun 2013

Katie Corfield was diagnosed with acute lymphoblastic leukaemia on 13th November 2001 at the age of 4.

Prior to discovering she had acute lymhoblastic leukaemia (ALL), Katie had been complaining of tiredness, a stiff neck and difficulty walking.

"I spent a week in Shrewsbury Hospital and I had loads of tests before being sent to Birmingham for bone marrow tests and a lumbar puncture. I was told that 85% of cells in my bone marrow were leukaemic and was put on chemotherapy straight away.
During my treatment all of my hair fall out including my eyelashes and eye brows. Even my finger and toe nails came out later into my treatment.

Me dressed as a clown with my sister, Mollie

On the 13th December I was told that my original diagnosis of (ALL) had  progressed to mature B cell leukaemia (Non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma) This meant that instead of having treatment which for two years I had to have intensive treatment over six months. At one point I had to have a break from treatment because it proved too strong for me and the drugs had perforated part of my intestine.

This meant I had to have an operation to have part of my intestine removed. I also had a cyst behind my lung and a collapsed lung I was admitted into hospital with renal failure. My treatment finally ended after 9 months and was a complete success."

Katie is now 16 years old and she continues to support Leukaemia & Lymphoma Research by taking part in the London and Lake Vyrnwy Bikeathon and holding her own fundraising events to raise money to help beat blood cancers.

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