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By playing our Christmas Grand Draw, you can help support children like Florie who have faced gruelling cancer treatments. Her mum, Emma shares her journey so far.
Florie, who was only two years old, hadn’t been herself and a worrying swelling had appeared on her side. I took her to the doctors, and we were sent straight to A&E for tests. After a long wait, I was told the news no parent is ever prepared to hear – our perfect, beautiful Florie had cancer, most likely a Wilms’ tumour (kidney cancer).
I felt numb. I couldn’t process what they’d told me. Then, because of the Covid restrictions, I had to tell my husband by text.
We began a month-long stay in hospital, with the first four days in lonely isolation. Florie needed seven initial rounds of chemotherapy to shrink her tumour.
Her beautiful red curls began to fall out, she vomited constantly and howled in pain as her large tumour squashed her surrounding organs. She was also chronically constipated and had to be fed through a tube. It broke my heart every time we had to hold her down for a painful procedure or I watched yet another needle pierce her little toddler hands.
Finally, the day came for Florie’s tumour and right kidney to be removed. After the operation, we felt elated, thinking the cancer would be gone. Instead, we were told it was very aggressive and she would need 27 more intensive chemotherapy rounds and three weeks of radiotherapy. It was a devastating blow. The wonderful nurses who hugged me when I was sobbing and the amazing cancer warrior mums, who I met on the wards, kept me going.
But every scan, blood transfusion, x-ray and operation was worth it. Florie rang the end of treatment bell on 25 March 2021. However, cancer never truly leaves us, we have heart-stopping scans every three months and live in fear it will come back.
Of course, we are obviously beyond grateful she survived. Last Christmas Florie, who is a mass of auburn curls again, had a lovely time in the Highlands with all the family.
Please enter the Christmas Grand Draw to help more children survive.
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