Ella was first diagnosed with Acute Lymphoblastic Leukaemia in September 2009, aged 22 months. She underwent chemotherapy treatment at the Royal Hobart Hospital for just over 2 years, completing treatment in November 2011 and was in remission. Unfortunately, 13 months later, the cancer reared it’s ugly head again and Ella relapsed, aged 5. This time, however, Hobart was not equipped to treat her with the aggressive treatment she required, so she was flown with her family to the Royal Children’s Hospital in Melbourne to undergo intensive chemotherapy for 6 months. Ella responded well to the chemo and quickly went back into remission. She returned to Hobart in July 2013 where she continued to undergo 2 years of maintenance therapy through the Royal Hobart Hospital once again.
Ella successfully finished her relapse treatment in April 2015, with confirmation of her remission status. Even though chemotherapy treatment has ceased, she still regularly attends hospital for blood tests, portacath maintenance and check ups.
Now aged 7, Ella has had cancer, hospitals and chemotherapy for the most part of her life. She knows no different. She is the most resilient, courageous, care free child who takes treatment and side effects in her stride and just never lets cancer get in her way. She’s fought hard and will continue to fight against this childhood beast.