Losing Emma...Finding Hope (Paperback)Lisl Barnes
In the world of parenthood, nothing is ever simple. But complications abound when you hear the words: “Your child has cancer.” New challenges come – issues, hurdles, losses – each one bringing with it the choice to run or to stay and fight. Each challenge is also an opportunity to find a silver lining, to see the bigger picture, and to discover hidden hope.
About the Author
Lisl Barnes lives in Vanderbijlpark with her husband, Michael, and two furry children. Sometimes music teacher, singer and blogger, she volunteers with various childhood cancer charities, and in her free time crochets, sews and paints. She has a burning passion to create awareness – to inform others about what childhood cancer is really like. Her desire is to provide an insight into how it looks to not just survive, but really live after the loss of a child.
Size148 x 210 mm
Number of Pages176 pp
We Suspect Your daughter has Leukaemia
5 July 2014
Friday the 13th of December 2013 goes down as one of the worst days of our lives.
It was the day we were told that our only daughter might have leukaemia, cancer of the bone marrow.
Our daughter, Emma, was born in 2011, perfect in every way. She had a bit of reflux but was otherwise a healthy baby.
2013 came and she turned two. Six months later she got a terrible ear infection and had her second ever course of antibiotics. For the next five months she had a persistent cough that came and went, accompanied by a post-nasal drip. During the second week of December she started getting fevers. As a long weekend was approaching, we decided to take her to a doctor just to check that it was nothing serious.
So on Friday the 13th of December 2013, we went to a local GP. She suggested a blood test to check for allergies and a FBC (Full Blood Count) to check the different levels of Emma’s blood cells. That afternoon – while celebrating friend’s good news – we got a call from the doctor’s office:
“Come in and bring your daughter with. She is very ill.”