I was nine when I was diagnosed with leukaemia.
I had ten months of chemotherapy and two more years of treatment. The doctors said because my immunity was so low, I couldn’t have any people come to visit me.
I was really scared, and it was really painful, and I really wanted to be with my family and my friends. It made me so sad.
I felt sick all of the time through the chemo. I couldn’t walk for a few weeks. I was just really weak.
It was really bad. One day I started having seizures and ended up in ICU. I don’t remember my mum being scared. But later she said that she didn’t think I was going to make it through.
This one time I got a bad infection in my nose. Everyone was really worried it would spread to my brain and I would die.
Mum said I went through a ‘marathon’ of treatments because it lasted almost three years. I also had to have what they call ‘maintenance’ chemotherapy to help me get better.
I finally finished my treatment on December 13th. I was so excited it was finished because I was allowed to go to Year Seven camp with my friends.
Today, I am so excited to be out of hospital and I’m now going to my first year of high school with my friends. I want to be a cancer researcher when I grow up!
No child should go through 10 months of gruelling, painful, isolating chemotherapy. Thankfully, Missy survived.
With your support this Daffodil Day, many more Australians can too.