Jacquie Dodds

Many of you may already know our story and for those of you who don't please feel free to read on and click the link attached. In June 2018 (when she was only 5 years old) we, as a family, recieved the devastating news that rocked and turned our world upside down. Our grand daughter, Jessica Bailey, had aplastic anaemia 😥....don't know what that is? We didn't either so feel free to look it up, it doesn't make light reading 😥. To cut a massive long story short, she needed a full bone marrow transplant, but after searching the worldwide web, no match worth risking was available. The only other option (and we hate having to admit and say this) for her survival, was a stem cell implant.

After a few weeks of searching again, the hospital found a close enough match and she went through all her chemo etc and just before Xmas, was ready to receive her lifeline of new stem cells. We, as a family were ecstatic. Sadly after a couple of weeks it became apparent that the implant hadn't taken. As you can imagine we were heartbroken for her. But to our joy and amazement another near perfect match was found, so after another bout of chemo and radiotherapy (which I am sure you can imagine was gruelling on her tiny little body as the side effects were awful for her) she received her 2nd implant on the 8th of March this year. To our utter joy and amazement, this time it worked, and is still working, and Jessica is growing from strength to strength every single day. She may even return to school in September ❤!

This little girl is such a strong inspiration to us all, as throughout all of her treatment, even when those times were difficult and painful for her, she smiled and found the strength to carry on. Please feel free to look her up on Facebook too and watch her journey so far. Which leads me to this....my plea to you all....I am doing the Great North Run in aid of the Aplastic Anaemia Trust on September 8th this year..even if I have to crawl my way round I will finish it for her 🥰🥰,  so any donation, no matter how big or small would be absolutely amazing. If not, even just sharing my post to others and spreading the word and awareness of aplastic anaemia would be fantastic...from the bottom of my heart, much love to you all for reading this and thank you...Jacquie ❤

Jacquie Dodds