Ashleigh shares her journey through bone tumour diagnosis and treatment on the Kids Cancer Centre website. The teenager was first diagnosed with ewing’s sarcoma of the pelvis, which had spread to her spine and brain. She began her treatment in an adult hospital but a consultant thought as a young adult she may fare better with a Youth Cancer Service. The HSC student began treatment in the Sydney’s Children Hospital in Randwick. It involved 12 months of chemotherapy, radiation, an operation to remove the tumour and a transplant. She was given a 25% chance of survival. Ashleigh celebrated her 18th birthday in […]
Alyssa was diagnosed with infantile leukaemia when she was 10 months old. According to the the Kids Cancer Centre website, her treatment for acute lymphoblastic leukaemia (ALL) included a cord transplant and chemotherapy. During her 18 months in hospital, Alyssa went from being a baby to a walking toddler. She was treated at the Sydney Children’s Hospital in Randwick.
Will was three when he was diagnosed with acute lymphoblastic leukaemia (ALL). After two relapses he was given a 10% chance of survival, however, Will received a Christmas miracle. At 5 years old, he was flown from a cattle property in rural Queensland to London where a bone marrow donor agreed to a Christmas Day transplant that saved his life. Thirteen years later, Will and his parents share their cancer journey on the Kids Cancer Centre website.
University student, Lauren (aged 22), was diagnosed with a soft tissue cancer called epithelioid sarcoma which lead to a thumb amputation. Being right handed, she was concerned that surgery would have an impact on her dexterity and ability to play piano. The subsequent surgery and rehabilitation Lauren received ensured she was able to use her hand again but Lauren does discuss her fear of recurrence and the sense of isolation she felt from her peers on the Cancer Council website.