Firstly, thank you so very much.
Flo entered the world a healthy little girl. She was a happy, giggly, headstrong and active toddler who loved to socialise, dance and sing.
Shortly after her 4th birthday we noticed a lot of unexplained bruising on her body, she was often tired and lethargic and suffered with loss of appetite. The GP sent us for blood tests which showed Flo had leukaemia, our World literally fell apart. We could not run from the cancer, we could not hide, our only choice was to fight.
Since Flo was diagnosed, she has undergone 361 doses of chemotherapy, spent 49 days on steroids, had 13 lumbar punctures, 3 bone marrow aspirates, 1 major surgery, spent 42 nights in hospital, had 18 blood/platelet transfusions and been put under general anaesthetic 15 times.
This isn't all of Flo's journey. These numbers don't show the number of times she's been cannulated (we've lost count), the painful muscle injections, the heart and lung scans, eye exams, ambulance rides, kidney function tests, clinic visits, nurse home visits, Hickman line dressing changes, her hair loss, regrowth, loss again and eventual regrowth, the hours she's spent vomiting, losing her ability to walk, sit or get to the bathroom, her dietician appointments, the painful physio appointments or heartbreaking psychologist appointments.
They also don't show how much school she's missed, how many play dates she hasn't had, how many times she's been unable to go to a party, the park or soft play. The devastating effect all the trauma has had on Flo psychologically and her childhood.
All being well we have 13 more months of treatment ahead of us.
Cancer is evil, Flo's journey has been harrowing, but thanks to her medical team we are moving forward and it's charities like this make the journey more bearable.