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To ask Mumsnet to go GOLD for September?

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FarloWearsAGoldRibbon Fri 31-Aug-12 21:29:48

Tonight, three years ago, at around this time, my DH, DD and I were about to sit down to dinner when we received a phone call to tell us that a doctor was on her way to speak to us urgently. DD had had a blood test that morning to see why her persistent viral symptoms were dragging on for a few weeks. When the doctor arrived she sat all three of us down and told us that our little 3yo girl had cancer - leukaemia.

September is internationally recognised as Childhood Cancer Awareness month and also Leukaemia Awareness month (although some UK charities use December for Childhood Cancer). Success rates are rising all the time, and currently stand at around 80%, but a big part of this is catching cancers early before they have time to spread. Raising awareness through Childhood Cancer Awareness Month is crucial, and can save lives.

The awareness colour for Childhood Cancer is gold, and for Leukaemia is orange. Can I ask as many of you as possible to change your names to include gold or orange for September and to visit the link below to find out more about the signs and symptoms of childhood cancer so that if a child you know is that one in 500 diagnosed with cancer before their 15th birthday, they have the best chance possible of beating it. The government provides no funding to raising awareness of childhood cancers, so it is up to everyone else to make sure the knowledge is out there.

DD is in remission and doing well after two years of constant chemotherapy, but this month we will especially be thinking of the families we know who were not so lucky. DD lost a lovely friend at the beginning of the summer - her cancer was missed despite numerous visits to the GP until it had spread, and although she battled so very bravely and with huge spirit for 3 years, the cancer could not be beaten. For the less common cancers especially, GPs may only see one in their whole career, so it is important that as many of us know the signs and symptoms as possible to give every child affected the best chance they can.

Thinking very much also of MrsDeVere and Expat and your beautiful, darling girls, and the other parents on MN whose kids have fought, are still fighting or who have passed to childhood cancer. Sadly, there are far too many of you to name you all here.


The symptoms of Childhood Cancer

JeezyOrangePips Fri 31-Aug-12 21:42:20


Timandra Fri 31-Aug-12 21:47:04

With pleasure xx

GoingforGoingforGOLD Fri 31-Aug-12 21:50:53

First time I've ever been fashionable!

Ler's all be on the bone marrow whatsit too

Am. Because of mrsdevere and so is my dh

Goldmandra Fri 31-Aug-12 21:50:55

Done xx

SmallWhiteWine Fri 31-Aug-12 21:54:05

How inspiring. I hope awareness rises - I certainly did not know 90% of the things on your link.

I will change my name this very evening!

AllThingsOrange Fri 31-Aug-12 21:56:01

Thanks for sharing your story. I will definitely read the link and forward it to all. xx

FarloWearsAGoldRibbon Fri 31-Aug-12 21:57:03

Thank you everyone thanks

Also thinking very much of you NeverSayNoToDessert and your little rose. I am sorry, I didn't see your thread before I started this one.

GoldPlatedNineDoors Fri 31-Aug-12 21:57:18

Done grin

crashdoll Fri 31-Aug-12 21:58:05

Mumsnet to go GOLD xx

KinkyDorito Fri 31-Aug-12 21:59:45

Checking in Farlo.

My blog is on MN 'Health': The Acute Lymphoblastic Leukaemia Diary. It tells our story. My DD's diagnosis took us over 3 months, and it was only because I fought for it. The whole story is the first blog entry. It sends my blood cold what could have happened if I'd have trusted my GP.

Be symptom aware and never, ever be afraid to challenge what you are told.

We finish treatment in April 2013 and can't wait.

KinkyAllTooOrangeDorito Fri 31-Aug-12 22:00:46

Checking namechange.

debka Fri 31-Aug-12 22:01:10

Thank you for posting this. I will be forwarding your link too.

Best wishes to your family, especially to your precious DD.


AllThingsOrange Fri 31-Aug-12 22:02:31

GoingForGold. Just clicked on your link to read more and began to feel inspired to become a donor. But, i'm too old apparently !!!! I'm so disappointed. I will certainly look for other ways to support.

GOLDdebka Fri 31-Aug-12 22:05:19

Testing namechange....

OrangeKat Fri 31-Aug-12 22:07:28

Here is my new Orange self.

OrangePlumPie Fri 31-Aug-12 22:10:02


TheGOLDCunnyFunt Fri 31-Aug-12 22:14:09

Done, for my cousin who was diagnosed with kidney and lung cancer aged 6. She is now a happy and healthy 14yo smile

FarloWearsAGoldRibbon Fri 31-Aug-12 22:23:32

Thank you very much Kinky. Your blog is great by the way - everyone else I do recommend it for an insight into life with a child undergoing cancer treatment.

TheGOLDCunnyFunt That is wonderful, I am so pleased to hear about your cousin!

debka thank you for the good wishes!

DD's picture is on my profile - she wants you all to do something for her friends still in treatment if you can, you will see what it is!

thanks to all the new namechangers!

AlmostAGoldHipster Fri 31-Aug-12 22:25:45

Done x

LizzieVerekerGold Fri 31-Aug-12 22:29:30

Done, for you, your DD, and all the inspiring students I've taught over the years, who were battling these conditions. Some of you have lost your battle, some are still fighting and I think of you and your families often. Never forgotten, all shining stars.

Yddraigoldragon Fri 31-Aug-12 22:32:00


alwaysGOLD Fri 31-Aug-12 22:32:54

Done! X

ladygoldenlion Fri 31-Aug-12 22:33:12

Done. Great causes xx

kittyandthefontanelles Fri 31-Aug-12 22:34:47

Er, saddo luddite here. How do I namechange? Already on the bone marrow reg and give blood regularly.
Wishing your daughter strength and health.

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