Olivia was born by emergency caesarean section in June 2014. Olivia had always been quite a well child, she went to nursery and started school in September 2018. Olivia loves dancing and is always performing. She was a member of Razzamatazz Theatre School, performing 4 days prior to her diagnosis.
During Winter 2019, Olivia started to get really tired after school and would mention that her legs felt achy and tired. Olivia's mum and dad presumed it was tiredness approaching the break for Christmas. Then Olivia would wake up at night sweating, bearing in mind it was winter. She had been sick a couple of times and had a nose bleed one evening, which she had never had before. She started to look incredibly tired and had a massive bruise on her shin that she was unsure of how she got it. Olivia then developed some red dots on her neck that wouldn't disappear with a glass, so she was taken to the doctor. They assessed her and said she probably had a bit of a virus but to bring her back if there were any concerns. The next week Olivia continued to have slight temperatures and just wasn't her normal bouncy self. She came home from school on the Monday and she noticed lumps behind her ears, which were the size of bolts, so she was taken straight back to the doctor that evening. The doctor kindly tested her urine and administered antibiotics for a possible urine infection and ordered blood tests that week. The next day she was pretty much the same but the family were really worried so they took her to the hospital. Within a few hours, a diagnosis of a probable leukemia was apparent. Olivia was moved to Bristol Children's Hospital that day and treatment commenced two days later.