This is our beautiful 3 year old daughter, Darcy. She loves her big brother Dylan (who loves her right back) and like most girls of her age is a huge fan of Peppa Pig and Disney Princesses, especially Elsa and Anna from Frozen.
After a lovely week away camping as a family, we were bathing her and noticed that the left side of her tummy looked different and when we felt it there was a big hard lump under her skin. We took her to the doctor and were referred to the children’s hospital where following an ultrasound scan we were told one of the worst things a parent could hear, that she had a cancerous tumour on her kidney. Following diagnosis she had more scans, a biopsy and a hickman line fitted in her chest for chemotherapy to be given. Darcy was so brave and never complained despite being poked and prodded by countless doctors and nurses. We were told by the doctors that she has a Wilms tumour on her left kidney, and that she would be receiving 4 weeks of chemotherapy, followed by an operation to remove her kidney and then a further period of chemotherapy.
Darcy is facing some horrible side effects from the chemotherapy and a major operation. She was unable to have her 3rd birthday party and will not start nursery school in September with all her friends, something she was really looking forward to, and over the coming months she will miss out on many of the activities that a 3 year old should be enjoying.
It is horrible to watch your child going through such a horrible ordeal and we know there is a long, hard road ahead but her bravery and ability to keep smiling despite everything she has had to endure so far has been inspirational and the support our family has received from our local community has been so fantastic. We would also like to thank LATCH, an amazing charity that does great work supporting families like ours.
Thank you for reading Darcy’s story.
Ruth & Ian Stone