My name is Natalie Edwards and I knew very little about blood cancer until March 2nd 2016.
I have been with my husband for 18 years (childhood sweethearts some might say) we have been married for 6 years and have two children, our son Jordan who is 16 and our daughter Sophie who is 10.
Scott is 33 years old and has always been a very active person, walking with our dogs and going to the gym daily he keeps himself in good physical condition, so when he started complaining of back ache we assumed he had pulled a muscle while at the gym and didn’t really pay too much notice to it.
After two weeks Scott was complaining that the pain was getting worse, the pain was now moving down into his groin and legs and he was feeling pains in his chest.
On March 2nd 2016 I called our doctor’s surgery but was told they couldn’t get Scott in and I would need to call back the following day, at this point Scott was unable to move without being in pain so I called his mom and we brought him to the A&E department at Russell’s Hall Hospital.
Within 2 hours of being in the hospital Scott had started coming out in bruises over his body he was hooked up to bags of fluid and given Morphine to help with the pain.
A doctor came into see us and explained that she was from the oncology haematology department and started to ask Scott questions around his family history and blood disorders, within a couple of minutes what she said changed our lives.
The doctor went on to explain that Scott had a very low platelets count, she explained that they would expect it to be around 150 and Scott’s was 11. We were told a number of reasons that may have caused his counts to be low, one of which being Leukaemia, the doctor explained that they would be admitting Scott onto a ward and would perform a bone marrow biopsy the following day.
On March 3rd Scott was moved onto the Georgina Unit Isolation Ward, a biopsy was carried out and on March 4th the consultant confirmed that Scott had Acute Lymphoblastic Leukaemia, to say this was a shock was an understatement…after all we had only come to the hospital due to his back ache.
My husband is still on the Georgina Isolation Ward at Russell’s Hall currently going through his 2nd phase of chemotherapy.
He is an inspiration to me and our children, he has taken everything in his stride and has never once complained about what’s going on or how he feels, I think it says a lot about what people think and feel about Scott as within 3 days we had raised over £1,200.
I feel honoured to have the opportunity to help to raise money for a charity I didn’t even know existed until 7 days ago. After all they are helping my husband and thousands of others, for that I can’t thank them enough.