Caitlin was born two weeks over due and was a very healthy little girl weighing 8lb 1oz. She is into princesses, dolls, colouring, drawing, and being a brilliant big sister.
She had just finished her first term at school and even overcome her fear of water and did great in swimming lessons too. We broke up for school in December.
Caitlin had been very restless pretty much from her 4th birthday in may she was tired all the time had weird bruises from being a looney with her sister and suffered nose bleeds at least once a month. Caitlin then had a nose bleed for a week and we had had enough of doctors telling us she was normal so on the 4th of Jan we went to A&E. After four hours of waiting, we were seen and all I remember was Caitlin having four doctors, two nurses and someone from ENT (Ear, Nose and Throat) come into this tiny room and say Caitlin's test was showing something so decided to put a cannula in to do a full blood count ECT. We were taken into the children's ward and had settled Caitlin down for a sleep at last as now 9 hours in A&E and it was 10pm she was really upset and tired.
We were taken into a side room away from Caitlin and two nurses and Caitlin's doctor was there waiting, All I remember was the doctor said Caitlin had some abnormal cells and then I heard the crushing words CAITLIN HAS LEUKAEMIA.
We were rushed off to Addenbrookes Hospital where Caitlin endured test after test, cannula after cannula and put on 24/7 fluids and antibiotics until the 6th of Jan when we were told she has A.L.L.
It's now the 25th of January and Caitlin has had 12 cannulas, 7 finger prick tests fluids and leg injections and well we are now in week 3 of her chemo and Caitlin made a grown up decision at four years of age and said she was losing so much hair she wanted it shaved off.
My nan lost her own battle to leukaemia on the 18th of Jan so it has been quite a bad start to the year. Caitlin has been an inspiration and a rock for me and her stepdad Luke.
I can't imagine life without my daughters and Jessica (Caitlin's younger sister) has been a guiding light and helped to keep Caitlin smiling throughout this whole ordeal.
We are blessed with our little fighter and her sidekick.