When Mette noticed her daughter Alma changed from being right-handed to left-handed, she considered it to be normal but during a family holiday to Tasmania, she noticed Alma avoided using her right-hand whilst getting dressed. When she asked Alma why, she simply answered, “I forgot that it’s there”.
In April 2019, Alma was taken to The Children’s Hospital at Westmead and was diagnosed with a brain tumour called Thalamic Pilocytic Astrocytoma. In the initial MRI, the tumour was growing in a deep-seeded part of Alma’s brain making it inoperable. They were told the only option for treatment was chemotherapy.
“You never think this could happen to your kids and suddenly you receive the worst message you ever thought possible. Your own little, innocent and beautiful five-year-old girl has a large, disgusting, brain tumour deep inside her head,” said Mette.
The Cancer Centre for Children at The Children’s Hospital at Westmead has become a part of the family’s routine. For nearly a year, Alma has been receiving chemotherapy and to the relief of her mother Mette, her father Claus and four-year-old brother Viggo, her brain tumour is shrinking.
“In the beginning, Westmead was a place of despair but has now become our place of hope, understanding and comfort.
Even though the circumstances have been tragic, as a family we have learnt that time is precious. You have to cherish all moments and do not stop striving to make dreams come true,” said Claus.