Karen M
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The L word

Karen M
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23 Feb 2017

My daughter's diagnosis of acute lymphoblastic leukaemia, her treatment, and life after chemo

'You're putting two and two together and coming up with 5!!' This was the text my friend sent me on June 24th 2011, after my, then 4 year old daughter, Beth,  was discharged from a night of observation at our local hospital. Docs had reassured us that the leg pain,she had started complaining about that day, was nothing more serious than an irritable hip, exacerbated by pre existing hypermobility. However, I couldn't shake the feeling that this was something more serious, and had messaged my friend to tell her of my concerns that Beth had leukaemia. 

A few hours later my fears were confirmed. The hospital called asking us to go back in as anomalies had been spotted in Beth's blood. Of course they couldn't tell me over the phone what these anomalies signified, but they didn't need to. As my husband and I drove back to Sunderland Royal Hospital, I knew exactly what we would be told upon arrival. 




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