IVY Steel is already planning what she will do when she returns to her “far away home”.
The Hamilton youngster has just begun her eighth block of chemo, a milestone in her almost year-long battle with a rare form of cancer.
Ivy has Philadelphia positive acute lymphoblastic leukaemia.
While ALL is one of the most common types of cancer, the addition of ‘Philadelphia positive’ to its name makes it one of the rarest forms.
The last week has been a big one for the whole Steel family.
Ivy’s parents Jenna and Craig both celebrated birthdays as did her brother Van who turned 2.
But Ivy too will be celebrating, with the red plaster cast encasing her entire right leg also due to be removed this week.
It has also been a milestone week.
On Monday Ivy returned to the Royal Children’s Hospital, which has become a home away from home, for a lumbar puncture and the first dose of her eighth and final round of intensive chemotherapy.
Full story in The Spectator on Saturday, March 22, 2014, or subscribe to our epaper at top of page.