On a normal “kiss and drop off” at the school, I thought that Lisa was very quiet. She normally is the chatter box of the family and the entertainer – especially on sports day.
Go home time
Lisa looked very tired and pale. She did not complain but fell asleep on the back seat just minutes from home.
Bill and I thought she was getting the flu as we all had a touch of the symptoms lately.
We all bounced back but Lisa after several weeks was not her bouncy self and losing interest in her school work and activities. By week six I contacted the medical centre for an appointment and took the allocated time the next day.
Our family doctor has known Lisa since she was 2 and Lisa celebrated her 11th birthday in January. Dr Bolt asked Lisa a few questions and handed her a closed fist. He asked to her to tap on his hand and it would open. As Lisa tapped his hand a green frog was in his palm and Lisa just smiled. Dr Bolt was surprised as last time Lisa snatched the snake with a joyful trill and laughed and laughed then ate the candy.
Blood tests and other tests were organised and we waited.
The results no parent wants to hear
Bill and I were devastated at the results. Leukaemia! Oh no was out first reaction.
Lisa was in and out of hospital having chemotherapy for 12 months. We all tried to keep her positive. She was brave and so responsive to all the treatments and made our lives so much more richer.
It took two years of stress, worry and strain on the family emotionally but thankfully we had taken child trauma cover for all of our children when we engaged a financial adviser many years ago and she suggested the children have cover at such a minimal cost to the budget. Less than a cup of coffee a week.
The claim gave us quality time with Lisa. I changed from full time to part time work then gave up work to care for Lisa. We had a family holiday to Sea World for Lisa always wanted to go there and we had funds for motel overnight stays when Lisa had extra treatments.
Recovery Happy Days
Finally the doctors gave Lisa an optimistic prognosis.
The family were affected emotionally and physically and we all value our health even more than before. Having Lisa survive and looking a beautiful young, vibrant teenager is a wonderful thing for any family. Lisa is active again with her fun and cheeky smile and she took the biggest bag of chocolate frogs she could find to Dr Bolt on her follow up visit. They both laughed and hugged.