13th May 2019
A brave five-year-old girl whose older sister beat leukaemia has been diagnosed with the same condition.
Imogen Miller, from Aberdeenshire, was diagnosed with Acute Lymphoblastic Leukaemia (ALL) in February after falling ill in December.
It was the second time parents Claire Bruce, 30, and Michael Miller, 33, have gone through the ordeal.
Their daughter Lacey was diagnosed with Acute Myeloid Leukaemia (AML) when she was just seven months old in 2011.
Now eight, Lacey is thankfully in remission, however, the family from Fraserburgh, Aberdeenshire, now have to go through the difficult time again with Imogen.
They are hoping to raise awareness of the disease to parents, as they thought it would never happen to them twice.
Imogen is currently undergoing chemotherapy five days a week and has been admitted in emergency situations several times.
She is only at the very start of her treatments, which will take two-and-a-half years to finish, having begun three months ago.
Claire said: “I was taking her back and forth to doctors and they diagnosed her with an enlarged spleen with a review in six weeks.
“She was getting worse and so eventually we got referred to Aberdeen again and she was diagnosed with Acute Lymphoblastic Leukaemia (ALL) on Valentine’s Day.
“You never really think something like that can happen to you twice, and I would like to raise awareness to parents that it can happen.
“Also, if your gut instinct tells you something’s wrong, then push for it."
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