Chloe had been feeling unwell for a few days, so her family took her to their local doctor for a checkup. Her doctor prescribed medication, but after not getting any better, Chloe’s parents took her to the local hospital – where Chloe’s life changed forever. Devastatingly she was diagnosed with acute lymphoblastic leukaemia, an aggressive type of childhood cancer.
Chloe was transferred immediately to Brisbane’s Lady Cilento Children’s Hospital, where she received an urgent blood transfusion. She spent the next five weeks in hospital fighting for her life.
Chloe’s treatment went well, and life seemed to return to normal for her, but less than 18 months after her first cancer diagnosis, a regular blood test revealed the worst news – Chloe had relapsed – and this time, she was given just a 50 percent chance of surviving.
Chloe’s battle against leukaemia started again, and she underwent intense chemotherapy to help save her life for a second time.
Soon after her fourth birthday, Chloe underwent an intense bone marrow transplant, and endured more chemotherapy and radiation. She spent a devastating 100 days in isolation, where she was unable to go outside, attend her beloved swimming lessons, or go home to play with her friends. After completing her bone marrow transplant and period of isolation, she returned home but soon became ill again, and was back in hospital for another week.
Today, Chloe is four years old, and has spent more than half of her childhood fighting for her life against acute lymphoblastic leukaemia. She still undergoes regular maintenance and checkups but continues to amaze doctors, her family and those around her on her strength and ability to live a life full of happiness, love and laughter.