Well, Poppy did it!!! She has sailed through her radiotherapy, managing full-time school, dancing, playing & of course, smiling!!! We are extremely proud of her.
The course was for 28-days in total. Poppy only had one off day - last Friday, when she felt sick & dizzy. She needed a break half way through her treatment that day, to take her mask off & sit up. However, despite her mask being very tight due to swelling, Poppy was back to her usual self on Monday, just getting on with it all!! The nurses commented that Poppy coped better than a lot of the adults that they treat!!! She is such a strong little girl.
We were apprehensive about going to a different hospital for Poppy's radiotherapy, but the staff at the QE were fantastic. We will actually really miss the Treatment Room 11 nurses!!! The care that Poppy has had at both Birmingham Children's Hospital & the QE has been exceptional. We donated £500 from 'Poppy Fields' to the QE for their ongoing 'Radiotherapy Treatment Room Upgrades' as a thanks for the care that they gave to Poppy.
Poppy was very excited to be allowed to bring her mask home from the hospital yesterday. As she had requested, we filled it up with sweets for her to share with her class at school!!! It now takes pride of place in her bedroom!! A strange sight really!!!
The immediate effects of the radiotherapy will now continue for 2-3 weeks. Poppy currently has redness behind her ears, across her forehead, eyes & nose, but Dr. Dan said Poppy looks 'better than most' at this stage!!! So, that's a relief. Poppy has lost her hair in a complete band of about 1" around her hairline, the rest of her hair hides this & hopefully some of it will grow back soon. She will need to wear a hat outdoors for the rest of this Summer, then wear sunblock in the treated area for the rest of her life. This is all such a small price to pay though if the radiotherapy works.
Poppy will have a scan in a few weeks time, we guess September or October. However, the radiotherapy will continue working for around 2 years, so we may have a longer wait to see the benefits of its effects on that wretched tumour!!! We are hoping & praying now, that that is the end of Poppy's treatment & that she will be 'stable' forever!!! We also hope that the damage from the radiotherapy will be minimal too.
We have been invited to the National Blood Awards in Aldridge next Tuesday, to give a speech about how important it is to give blood & to present awards to people who have donated either 50 or 75 units of blood. This is the 3rd time we have done this & we feel it is a real honour. Poppy wouldn't be here if it wasn't for blood donors. Thank you to those of you who also give blood.
Well, the sponsored slimmers are doing fab!!! Our total weightloss is now just over 14 stone!!! WOW!!! I've personally lost about 19lbs, & have dropped a dress size!!! Yippee!! However, we have decided to keep going until the Poppy Fields Ball in January to help us reach our targets. I've gone from a size 16/18 to a 14, but I'd love to be a size 12!!! We'll see!!!! I'm really proud of my fellow slimmers! They are doing great & have really kept me going!!! Thank you ladies & well done!!! To sponsor me the link is...
I hope this email find everyone well. Thank you for all of your kind thoughts, prayers & messages. I may get round to replying to my emails & phone calls one day - sorry!!!! I'd also like to thank Birds Bush Primary School & Asda Leamington Spa for being so understanding in allowing Me & Brian to have the full 6 weeks off work to be with Poppy & give ourselves time to deal with this stage in Poppy's treatment. THANK YOU!
Take care all,
Love Lisa, Brian & Poppy