An 11-year-old Sheffield girl is starting to get her life back on track after a two year battle with leukaemia.
Doctors have told Ellie Thompson she is free from cancer after hundreds of visits to hospital and gruelling treatment that included chemotherapy and having to take nearly 50 different tablets, lotions and medicines for side-effects ranging from nosebleeds to dry skin.
Her mum Lindsey, aged 33, a nursery nurse, of Jordanthorpe, said: “I used to say she would rattle, she was taking that many tablets. It was a struggle at first, but after a couple of months she was just amazing. Now the doctors have said there’s no cancer in her body and they hope to keep it that way.
“She can come off treatment and get back to normal life. She’s kicked cancer. I’m hoping with every ounce of my being that we can draw a line under it, move on and we can be okay.”
Ellie was diagnosed with acute lymphoblastic leukaemia in February 2011. The previous year both Ellie and her brother Josh, eight, had suffered chest infections, but Ellie didn’t recover as quickly as her sibling and was left with a repetitive cough.
Ellie missed a year at Norton Free Primary School, but was tutored at home, and will start Year 7 at Meadowhead School in September.
She will need check-ups at hospital for many years.
Lindsey said: “She’s brilliant in herself now, although she’s lost a lot of her strength so spent most of the last two years in a wheelchair.
“But she’s got beautiful hair now – she was blonde before, and now it’s come back dark and wavy!”