Eilidh, 17

Acute lymphoblastic leukaemia

"I would never have wished this upon myself, however I am glad it has happened, because I have changed so much and I have met so many amazing people through the experience and they will be my friends for life, even if some of them aren’t here with me today."

The diagnosis

I am Eilidh and on the 2nd June 2016, aged 14, I was diagnosed with Acute Lymphoblastic Leukaemia.

As I was a teenager I had to get 4 weeks of intense chemotherapy. After 3 weeks of the intense chemotherapy my stomach started swelling up and I was in a lot of pain. I ended up in so much pain that I was taken to Intensive Care so I could get a pain killer, which I had to be monitored when taking it.

Intensive Care

I became so unwell I had to be sedated and, because of my chemotherapy, my gut was destroyed, and my Mum and Dad had to send me for an operation to take away the infected part of my intestine and my appendix, which was the only thing that could save my life. I was sedated for 2 months and woke up not being able to do anything apart from blink, I had to learn to redo everything from breathing by myself to moving my arms and legs. I got out of Intensive care just before my 15th Birthday and kept progressing by doing my physio and relearning how to do everything. I finally got home on the 5th May 2017(338 days). In August 2017, I went in for a routine operation which went wrong and led to me being in hospital for another 6 months.

Finally Home

I got home in January 2018 and I have been home for a full year now.

I have started walking with a zimmer, I had my 17th Birthday and

celebrated Christmas at home. I’m in my 6th year at school,

and I have been offered a conditional place at college to do Childhood Practice. 

Bring on remission!

I’m due to get my last chemotherapy on 25th June 2019 and finish my

maintenance chemotherapy on 4th July 2019. I will ring the end of treatment bell

in summer and I will get on with my life. I would never have wished this upon

myself, however I am glad it has happened, because I have changed so much

and I have met so many amazing people through the experience and

they will be my friends for life, even if some of them aren’t here with me today.