Little fighters stories:
Please feel free to read all the stories of our little fighters. PLEASE NOTE: Not all the photographs in our Little Fighters Albums are nice to look at. Some of the photographs depict the horrid realities of Childhood Cancer. Sensitive viewers should be mindful.
Ghanaan is only 2 years old and has Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia. She has just completed 6 months of intensive Chemotherapy, and her doctor at Red Cross confirmed that she still has 2 years of Chemotherapy ahead of her.
Ghanaan is 2 years old and has a little sister, Amaani, who is 8 months old. Ghanaan was diagnosed with ALL in January 2011 and mommy and daddy got divorced in May. Mommy is the sole breadwinner for the family. They live with mommy Ayesha's sister and needs to pay rent, water and electricity, buy food, nappies, formula and pay for transport to and from the hospital on a very small budget.
This is Ghanaan’s story.
It was sunday the 30th January 2011, a month before Ghanaan’s 2nd birthday. Ghanaan had bug like symptoms, vomiting, fever and diarrhea. Later that night her dad put her down to walk and she just toppled over. He then tried to let her walk again and she just fell over again. He then rushed her through to Gateville medical centre where they called the pediatrician and he then did an MRI scan as well as blood tests. On monday 31st January he called us to his rooms and there he gave me the worst news that broke my heart. He told me that my baby had leukemia! She was immediately rushed to Red X oncology unit where she started chemotherapy immediately. We stayed in hospital for the first month of her treatment as she was not handling the chemo too well. Eventually after about 4 weeks they let us go home. We were home for about a week when she spiked a temp so back to hospital for another 2 weeks. She often picked up infections and we spent quite a lot of time in hospital. At one stage she got mucositis and was on morphine for 2 weeks for the pain, they also had to insert an NG tube as she was not able to eat and was losing a lot of weight. And so it went on, in and out of hospital for the next few months. Ghanaan started her maintenance on 5th September 2011 and she still has another 2 years of chemo to get through. It has already been a long, hard journey for us and we still have a long road ahead of us! Not sure what the road ahead holds but with the support of people who care for us I am sure we will get there and I know that my baby girl will win this battle she is currently fighting!