Little Lily-May Betts was diagnosed with a brain tumour in November 2017 and started treatment over that Christmas period. She has spent the past three years battling cancer with chemotherapy and has finally finished her treatment. This Christmas will be especially exciting for Lily who is due to become a big sister when mum Lianna gives birth. Dad Stephen Betts said: “Christmas last year was spent with me rushing around all day trying to get Lily out of hospital, where she’d been for the last two weeks having treatment and suffering from side effects – it wasn’t a traditional, relaxing Christmas.
“This Christmas, we are welcoming a new member to the family – Lily has a little sister on the way – and we are very much looking forward to a Christmas together free of chemotherapy, treatment side effects and hospital rooms.
“It will be wonderful to celebrate a Christmas that doesn’t revolve around cancer and the stress and worry that comes with it.
“Looking ahead, our hopes for Lily’s future are that she can have a normal childhood. I hope that she is not significantly affected by any of the chemo or brain tumour side effects, like her reduced vision, and I hope we can continue to give her the best start in life possible.”
Since being diagnosed with an optic pathway glioma, Lily, from Hitchin, Herts, has undergone three courses of intensive chemotherapy as well as blood transfusions.
Her tumour and cysts have continued to grow throughout her treatment, causing her severe issues such as partial blindness and a limp when she walks.
Throughout her treatment, Lily’s family have been supported by Children with Cancer UK and have attended charity events for families affected by childhood cancer.
During her treatment last year, Lily attended its Brunch with Santa event in London and will be going to the charity’s virtual Christmas party next month.