As detailed on my main page, Jamie my cousin was diagnosed with Acute Lymphatic Leukaemia just a month before his 9 birthday. The news, and the subsequent treatments were all very scary for us all. Jamie was diagnosed and began treatment very quickly. His initial blood test which was the start of his diagnoses returned a white blood cell count of over 400, a normal amount is 6~12, and 50 is considered high! Living quite a distance away from Jamie meant only weekend trips up to see them. I remember the phone calls between my mum and other family members, sharing news of Jamie’s condition. I remember the worried glances, and the quick chance of subjects or pauses during conversations. And then the awful news.
I remember attending a scout camp for the weekend at Blacklands Farm in East Grinstead. I knew my Mum, Dad and my sister were heading to up to London that weekend for the day at least. I was also aware that Jamie was really not well. Dad and Vikki picked me up, and I remember driving up from East Grinstead to Jamie’s house. The drive was silent. Some how no one needed to say. I dont think it quite sunk in that day, or the preceeding days. It hit my at Jamies Funeral.
Throughout his illness Jamie was always ever so brave and ensured that we all had a fantastic time when we were with him. I even remember getting wheeled around in a wheel chair with him and Izzy whilst in hospital! (and we might have been racing down the ramps as well before getting told off by the security staff....) Jamie loved being around friends and family. He tired tirelessly to hide his pain and discomfort from us all when together. He wanted everyone visiting to have a good time. I think this is best shown when he jumped on his bicycle at the first London Bikeathon in 1999 where his friends were fundraising, and completed laps of the circuit, only 2 weeks before he passed away.
Leukaemia Reserach Fund, and now Leukaemia and Lumphoma Research do so much valuable work to help those who have blood cancers, and also help the families and friends. From research funding, to clinical trials, to support nurses and simply raising awareness. They are able to provide free information to patients and family when they needed it and in accessiable ways. Leukaemia and lumphoma Research need £20 million a year to continue this vital role and one day, to beat blood cancer for good!
My Uncle has some more information here on his blog.
Please help them, help all those patients and families just like mine, to hear the words "your cured" by digging deep and donating.