Our Pal - Skylah-Mae V

Contact Details

C/O 22 Smeaton Close
Milton Keynes
MK14 5HR
United Kingdom

NB: this is a forwarding address, we do NOT disclose home addresses

Other Information

  • Parents/Guardians - Gemma and Craig
  • Interests - Loves arts and crafts, Peppa Pig and all things Disney. Her favourite princess is Tangled, she enjoys playing with her babies and her toy kitchen.Skylah is very much into those blind bags/surprise bags and now that the weather has been really nice she loves being in the garden, she is really into fun board games and her fave animal is a giraffe.
  • Favourite Colour - Pink and purple
  • Able to read? - Not yet
  • Able to use hands? - Yes
  • Visually/hearing impaired? - Yes - no vision in right eye but left eye is perfect.
  • Suffers from any developmental delay? - No

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About - Skylah-Mae V

Story Written 2017

Skylah was a healthy, happy baby born on 26th May 2013. In September 2013, Skylah was diagnosed at four months old with bilateral retinoblastoma (eye cancer in both eyes). She underwent six rounds of chemotherapy and we got the all clear in January 2014. When we went for her next check up we found out she had relapsed in one eye and she would need more chemotherapy, this time it was called intra arterial chemo. Whilst they were doing the procedure they came across a blockage, so she was sent for an MRI. When the results came back we were told they had discovered a brain tumour in her pineal gland, she had a seven hour operation and had intensive chemotherapy which ended October 2014.
We were over the moon that it had finished and for about a year and a bit we enjoyed her being clear of a brain tumour! She still had regular checks on her eyes and needed regular treatment to keep her right eye stable but all in all everything was looking up for us!
In January 2016 we took Skylah to A&E as she was walking a bit oddly and when they did an MRI they found that she was covered in tumours from the bottom of her spine all the way up to her brain! We were completely devastated!
We got told there was nothing they could do for her apart from palliative radiotherapy which ended in March 2016. We took her home to make as many memories as possible, but she has been a complete superstar and is amazing all her consultants. Skylah is still with us over a year later and we are so thankful for every day we have with Skylah.
Unfortunately on the 23rd August 2017 we had to make the decision to have Skylah’s eye removed and she is having the operation this Wednesday 30th August 2017.

Update 2nd June 2018

Nothing really new with Skylah apart from taking each day as it comes there is still no treatment out there for Skylah and she is still terminal. Skylah became a big sister back in October and loves her little brother very much! Skylah is so looking forward to the party, we can’t wait!!