Gallery/Rougham: Amazing twins have beaten cancer
THE family of brave young twins who have fought leukaemia have been given the news they have been waiting for: they have the all clear.
Megan and Gracie Garwood, seven, were diagnosed with the cancer within a week of each other in September 2009 but have now overcome the disease.
The plight of the smiley little girls of Nether Street, Rougham, touched hearts around the world and people have shown their support by fundraising to get the family to Disneyland - a dream holiday which will now become a reality.
The twins’ mother Emma, 41, who is married to Mark, 38, said they were given the “brilliant news” that Megan and Gracie were both clear of cancer in February.
She said while they were “on a high” after they were given the all clear, the first couple of months were also quite hard as they were coming down with temperatures and Gracie got pneumonia as their immune systems were still low.
Mrs Garwood, who is also mother to Martha, four, said: “It was quite hard, but the last couple of months have been as much as normal can be.
“I don’t know what people define as normal, but for us it’s not having chemotherapy and having healthy children.
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“We have got both of them which is fantastic and the girls’ energy is coming back and they are loving school and they have been able to start swimming at school this term which they missed out for the past couple of years.”
The identical twins, who attend Rougham Primary School, had been battling acute lymphoblastic leukaemia.
At the start, the girls were undergoing intense chemotherapy, the treatment then became weekly and they progressed to the “maintenance stage,” which involved daily, but less intense chemotherapy.
As of last February, their chemotherapy treatment is over. Currently, they are having monthly and three-monthly hospital check-ups.
Mrs Garwood said: “They have been absolutely fantastic. I just hope we can have many, many years of happiness and them healthy. We don’t want to have to go through anything like that again.”
She added: “The support has been absolutely fantastic. It’s been amazing really, quite overwhelming.”
The long-awaited trip to Disneyland in America is booked for the end of March next year - two days before the twins’ birthday - and they are also set to experience Disneyland in Paris thanks to a charity.
See how we documented the twins’ fight against illness. Click on the links at the top right corner of this story.