Missy had been feeling tired, and complaining of bad stomach pains, and when bruises started appearing over her body, she couldn’t remember how she’d received them. After having a blood test, Missy and her family received the worst news – Missy had acute lymphoblastic leukaemia.
She was flown to Brisbane, where she spent the next three months in hospital fighting childhood cancer. While in hospital, Missy contracted a life threatening fungal infection in her nose. Thankfully, it was detected early, and doctors performed three operations on Missy to remove the infected flesh.
Missy’s leukaemia treatment continued even though she had a fungal infection. During this time, she also suffered from a rare side effect to her chemotherapy drugs and began suffering from seizures. After a few days in ICU, it took a couple of weeks for Missy to recover from the effects of the seizures and become stable again.
Missy and her family regularly travel down to Brisbane for maintenance and checkups on her progress.
Missy loves reading, riding her bike and cooking. She also loves school and is a high achiever, is super organised and loves helping her fellow classmates.
Before her diagnosis, Missy wanted to be a doctor and always carried a first aid kit around with her. She was the `go-to-girl’ at school and Girl Guides if anyone hurt themselves. Now, Missy wants to be a clinical researcher and help others by finding cures.