Shannon developed a purple prickly rash on her legs as well as lots of little bruises all over. She was taken to a local minor injuries unit where the nurse arranged for her to see a GP that afternoon. The GP sent her to A&E for blood tests where it was discovered that Shannon had leukaemia.
Shannon's mum told us...
It was very hard telling Shannon she had cancer because my mum is terminally ill with cancer and the kids know this. We knew she would be scared she was going to die. We explained that it was different and could be treated. We also had to tell her that her hair would fall out too, which it did after just two weeks!
Shannon is often unwell and has spent a lot of time in her shared care hospital for blood products. This has been very hard on her twin sister, Isobel, and her older brother, Justin.
It's very hard for Shannon but she remains strong and spirited. She has lots of walking issues now which we hope will go after chemotherapy."
How We Are Helping
Shannon’s mum can’t work while Shannon is receiving her treatment. We are helping with financial assistance to cover the unexpected costs that come with childhood cancer, including expenses like hospital car parking costs, food in the hospital café/restaurant, plus increased heating and electricity bills while Shannon is off school, because her warmth and comfort is paramount.
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