The next day she was still not well and sore in her stomach, so her parents Peter and Sarah decided to take her to their closest hospital (in Gosford) to get her checked out. Once there, she was given some medicine and started to feel better however, she still needed to go for further tests to get to the bottom of her concerns.
After getting a scan on her stomach it was made apparent that Amber was very unwell. The radiologist had seen scans like hers before and believed she had the rare childhood cancer, neuroblastoma.
At the John Hunter Hospital in Newcastle, Amber underwent a mass of tests, ultrasounds and surgery with the results confirming Peter and Sarah’s fears – their precious little girl had stage 4 high risk Neuroblastoma.
Amber immediately commenced treatment, which consisted of chemotherapy every 10 days for 70 days. Initial tests after this time had showed improvement, however more still needed to be done. Since then Amber has undergone further rounds of chemotherapy, radiation therapy and a stem cell transplant.
She is currently undergoing autoimmune therapy – a very painful and intense treatment that will unfortunately need to be continued for the next 5 – 6 months to help diminish Amber’s aggressive cancer.
Amber’s father Peter says that they have been very lucky to have such great support from their families as it allows them to give everything they have to support their beautiful daughter through this difficult time.
“There is a lot more to this situation than just having a sick child,” Peter says.
Before this happened to us, I would hear the story of another child with cancer going through a rough time, but never really understood what it meant for the parents or siblings of that child and what they go through too.
Peter is now more aware that on top of his daughter’s illness and the day to day juggling of appointments and treatments, there are many additional pressures to manage such as financial and relationship stress and depressed periods for all concerned. The Streeting family are aware of how important is to work together through these issues.
In May 2017 Amber unfortunately relapsed and is now undergoing additional treatment. The Streeting family are hoping that the new year will bring good news and they are confident that Amber’s courage and strength will help her get through this tough time.
Update: Very sadly Amber passed away on April 18, 2018.