First you hear the word... cancer. Then you hear that the treatment your beloved child needs to live, might kill her.
Then you hear that it’s a one-time thing. No do overs.
Hailey had one chance at life. One chance to fight cancer and win.
And her battle began right before Christmas, the toughest time of the year for any family to face such a traumatic and gruelling ordeal.
Leah says her daughter Hailey had always been a bit fragile. But then, one day, things were worse than usual. Hailey’s gums and nose were bleeding without explanation.
Hayley was diagnosed with myelodysplastic syndrome, the precursor to acute myeloid leukaemia.
The doctors told Leah that the only way Hailey would survive was with a bone marrow transplant. And the family would also have to move from their home in Albury to be close to the hospital in Melbourne for 9 months!
Leah recalls how traumatic all this news was...
“I was in a state of shock, and it was a massive kick in the guts hearing about all the things that can go wrong. I asked, if this one doesn't work, do we start again? And they went, ‘No, we can't start again.’ You only get one chance.”