Here’s the beginning of our extremely simple blog which we hope will make things easier for us and for everyone who wants to keep in touch. I hope everyone can make sense of it and get around the site with more ease than I have so far! For those who don’t know, Daisy fell over in the playground at school Wed 16th November and it is only for this reason we went to the GP for a routine check up where something in Daisy’s stomach was noticed. Thank you is all we can say to Kate Riley for spotting it and sending us straight to Telford. Almost immediately it was made very clear to Harry and I that something serious was wrong but the doctors were totally honest and said it was out of their hands and Birmingham Children’s Hospital (BCH) would take over. We got to BCH on Sunday. Daisy (and Washy Bear) had a CT scan the next day which showed what was expected; a large tumour A biopsy of the growth was done on the Wednesday from which Daisy recovered very well. Results came the following Tuesday. Pancreatoblastoma is a rare, treatable and curable cancer. We came home on Thursday to what felt like 10 star luxury beds, continuous sleep and a we are now spending the weekend together as a family before treatment begins on Monday. We’ve made a scrapbook for hospital with pictures of family, dogs, horses, pigs, goats and Bob the Guinea pig! It’s not what we’re in for over the next few months, it’s what BCH are in for handling our gifted and spirited Daisy Pitt. I think the staff have her sussed already.
It goes without saying that we have been totally overwhelmed by the genuine concern, support and communication from family, friends old and new, friends of friends, school and people in Alveley. Daisy has had approximately 10 Christmas’s worth of cards and gifts and we will ultimately thank EVERYONE as and when we get the chance. This will take a long time. Harry’s particularly grateful for the presents because he thinks he’s getting out of the cost of Christmas altogether. Keeping up with phone calls, answerphone messages, emails, texts and BBM has become a part time job but an enjoyable one because it really really keeps me going. I have no idea who much time I will have to keep people up to date and hope that this site will be user friendly for people.
Our next stop this afternoon is a family photo session with Alfie the Jack Russell – should be interesting.