My daughter Ariah was born with a rare form of cancer known to the medical world as Neuroblastoma.
An ultrasound perfomed at 32 weeks gestation had shown some type of mass ontop of my unborn babies left kidney. The doctors didn't know what it was and wouldn't be able to tell me anything intill she was born and further tests were done.
After an emergancy csection due to life threatening complications of preeclampsia Ariah came into the world 5 weeks early. Everything happened so fast after that. When she was born I was only able to glance at her before she was whisked away to the Royal children's hospital in Melbourne.
Ariah was to spend the first 7 weeks of her life in the neonatal intensive care unit whist undergoing vigorous testing intill an mri revealed that my little princess had cancer. Ariah had stage 4 neuroblastoma which had spread from her adrenal gland (original tumour) into her liver. There was no holding back the tears at this point. There are no words that could ever describe what it feels like to hear that your newborn baby has cancer. From that very moment my life would never be the same. I have a loving partner and two older children which I know have been pushed aside because every ounce of energy I can muster is put into caring for baby Ariah. The endless hospital trips, surgeries, scans, biopsies, blood tests and oncology appointments are overwhelming and exhausting, taking a huge toll on all of us. My family now eats, sleeps and breathes cancer. It's the cloud that will forever block my families sunlight.
I'm hoping to raise enough funds to purchuse a reliable car to get baby Ariah to her appointments. My current vehicle is so unreliable I've missed important scans and even broken down leaving me stranded whilst travelling to one of Ariahs oncology appointnents. Im hoping to raise funds to take the whole family away for a much needed holiday so the kids can have some fun, put all the worries of cancer aside if only for a moment and create some happy memories with baby Ariah.