Hasan was a healthy child up until 5 years old. One day while Hasan was playing in the garden he fell from a bench and hurt his back. There was no mark or bruise on his back but it was very painful. After being advised to administer painkillers as it can take a few weeks to heal, the doctor didn’t seem concerned so we carried on. Weeks passed and this back pain was getting worse. Hasan would wake up in the night screaming with pain. One midnight when he couldn’t stand and kept losing balance, at this point I was very concerned and straight away took him to A&E. He was given painkillers and he was fine after painkillers. His heart rate was high so they kept him in overnight to monitor. I requested blood tests and a scan of his back as I thought he had really damaged his back after falling. I was told little children don’t need scans and he doesn’t need a blood test. Next morning, he was sent home with advice to give painkillers regularly. Hasan's pain was not getting better, I took him to the GP every week and nobody believed me that he was in pain.
A couple of months passed by, his pain didn’t improve and Hasan was losing weight and not eating well. I once again made a GP appointment and in the end he had blood tests. A week passed by chasing results when I was told his bloods were lost and to come to redo his tests. This took another week, then suddenly at 1am I had an ambulance at the door telling me my son has blood cancer and needs to go hospital straight away. A parent’s worst nightmare to hear these words.
After many tests he was diagnosed with ALL leukemia and went through 3 years of treatment. After one year and 6 months off treatment Hasan relapsed on and is undergoing treatment again.