Charlotte R
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My dad's battle

Charlotte R
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09 Feb 2014

Diabetes, testicular cancer, chronic myeloid leukaemia and diabetic reinopathy

Around the age of 19 my dad, David Rogers was diagnosed with diabetes which was brought on by stress. Luckily my mum was there to support dad and help keep his blood sugars under control and stop him from eating too much cake.

In 2004, dad was told he had testicular cancer. It was a difficult time for both my mum and dad  as my mum was also pregnant with my sister, Chloe. But as a family we got through it just like we get through most things. Being only 7 at the time I don`t remember a lot but I do remember sitting on the swings in the back garden and dad coming out to see me after having his haircut but when he came out I ran straight inside crying because I hated that dad decided to shave his hair off because it was eventually going to fall out anyway. Another thing I remember is sitting on my dad`s lap, listening to calming music, not saying anything just hugging each other, it was a moment I will never forget. After all this dad slowing recovered from his treatment and my sister was born.

Last year, we found out that dad had chronic myeloid leukaemia and had done for 2 years but it was only diagnosed when dad had a full white blood cell count after feeling ill, having flu like symptoms. This came to a huge shock to the all the family, and brought back some bad memories from before but dad was determined he was going to overcome it. After having lots of tests and a bone marrow biopsy, dad started his treatment of chemo tablets straight away and slowly pushed the leukaemia into remission. Being the oldest child, I understood what was going on and so did my 13 year old brother, Luke, but Chloe being the youngest didn`t so I had to try and explain it to her without confusing her like mum and dad did “dad isn`t very well, he has leukaemia so he has lots of bad cells in his body but because dad has taken his tablets he has put it into hiding” her innocent reply was “does dad still have leukaemia?”

After all this it seemed really positive that dad was doing what he set out to do “beat blood cancer” and “live life large” but, he started to have bleeds in his eyes so he went to the doctors and was told he has severe diabetic retinopathy. He had a few course of laser treatment but he continued to have bleeds in his eyes and his eye sight started to deteriorate so he went to a private hospital and had a operation on one of his eyes to help try and save his eyesight because without the operation he would have been blinded by the end of the year (2014). The surgeon seems pleased with the results and hopefully dad will have the other eye operated on or have more laser treatment done.  Hopefully it will be onwards and upwards after his 6 months bone marrow check-up and once dad`s eyes are sorted.

Through the last 6 months or so dad as gone from really positive to having no hope at all. He believes that what is wrong with him is all his fault and has even promised that once he is better that he will be a better dad- which is all wrong because he is the best dad anyone could ask for. He hasn`t done anything to deserve the things he has gone through but it has made us stronger has a family. Hopefully dad realises that not all hope has gone, his body may like to cause him a few problems but there will always be hope and we will always be here to support him as a family no matter what.