Joyce was severely neutropenic as well as being anaemic and having a low platelet count. Further tests showed no evidence of leukaemia so she commenced weekly blood tests and various other investigations. In February ’13 Joyce first bone marrow biopsy was cancelled as a paediatric haematologist said that Leah’s weekly blood results “were not consistent with any nasty bone marrow diseases”.
Later in February ’13 Joyce was admitted to our local adult oncology/haematology ward with abdominal pain. Initially she was diagnosed with constipation but following an ultrasound scan this was then changed to appendicitis and she had an appendicectomy. I was told by the surgeon that he had operated just in time.
In March ’13 Joyce had a bone marrow biopsy. The haematologist was very upbeat. He said that they were 95% sure that nothing sinister would be found in my daughter’s bone marrow and that they were only doing this test to put everyone’s mind at rest.