In February of 2021, Josh’s parents noticed he was getting very pale. What was originally thought to be a virus, turned to a bladder infection and slowly descended from there. Just a few days later, Josh started vomiting and losing his balance. He was taken straight to A and E, given a blood test and diagnosed with leukaemia just two days later.
Josh’s family all found it incredibly hard when Josh became and wasn’t until a few weeks in to treatment that she started to realise just what the diagnosis was, what it meant for their family and how quickly life was going to change.
It all got a lot harder when Josh started to show the effects of treatment. He lost 25% of his body weight within just a few weeks and had an NG tube attached to try and put the weight back on. This was devasting for Chrissie who had to watch her once healthy boy struggle with treatment. She told us ‘he looked like a skeleton, and that was I think the hardest point for me and for my family.’