December 21 2013 Latest news:
Lizzie Dearden, Reporter
Tuesday, September 3, 2013
A year ago, Woodford Green toddler Yasmin Parsons was starting painful intensive chemotherapy after being diagnosed with leukaemia.
But she is now on the road to recovery after months of treatment at Great Ormond Street Hospital.
Mum Karen Attwood said Yasmin, now three, is now undergoing regular “maintenance” treatment, which is due to stop next year.
She could be monitored for the rest of her life.
Karen and husband Andrew Parsons, of Danbury Way, received the earth-shattering news that their daughter had leukaemia last August, just weeks after son Isaac was born.
The diagnosis came after weeks of hospital visits and dashes to accident and emergency that left doctors flummoxed over the cause of Yasmin’s illness and pain.
Karen said: “Nothing can ever prepare you for being told your child has cancer so we had no idea who the year was going to be.
“It’s been incredibly hard but it’s got progressively better.”
Yasmin lost her hair during intensive treatment and her immune system is still very low.
Karen said: “We’ve still got a long way to go but her hair is growing back quite a lot.
“Last summer she was in a lot of pain and couldn’t walk at all and now she’s running around happily.”
Yasmin even had a Wizard of Oz party for her third birthday in July – dressed as Dorothy – and started attending nursery earlier this year.
Karen hopes that by the time she starts going to school, the constant chemotherapy and painful hospital treatment will “just be a memory”.
She suffers from acute lymphoblastic leukaemia, which can be fatal but is successfully treated in the majority of cases.
Andrew and Karen have been taking donations for the hospital through their blog Our Life With Leukaemia, where they have documented Yasmin’s treatment and recovery.
They have so far raised an incredible £25,000 and are planning a fundraising climb up Ben Nevis next year.