Khianna, 8, from Beckenham in London, was diagnosed with acute lymphoblastic leukaemia (ALL) in March, after falling ill and experiencing what her mum thought was growing pains.
It took three months for the family to get a diagnosis after doctors initially dismissed their fears. As Khianna had to spend so much time in hospital at various locations, the costs soon built up for her mum, who sadly also lost her job.
Khianna’s mum, Kerry, says:
“After Khianna’s diagnosis I lost my job and got into a lot of debt. All the bills piled up and all my rainy day funds disappeared. Considering everything we went through the financial problems was the hardest thing to deal with.
“It’s not easy, you have to call all the companies and organisations that you are in debt to try and sort it, you have to jump through so many hoops. At the time I just didn’t have the energy. Even when you do get through, it’s hard to tell people my daughter has leukaemia – all they can say is ‘sorry’ and I didn’t want sympathy.
“I wouldn’t have got through any of this without Lucy, my CLIC Sargent Support Worker, she is a godsend."
"If it wasn’t for people like her, people like me would be a really bad way. She is like a friend now and Khianna always loves to see her. She helped me get a grant from CLIC Sargent which made a massive difference and helped me to pay some of my debts off”
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