Newspaper article The Daily Mercury (Mackay, Australia)

Twins Shared Toughest Fight; This Mum Had Not One, but Two Kids with Cancer

Newspaper article The Daily Mercury (Mackay, Australia)

Twins Shared Toughest Fight; This Mum Had Not One, but Two Kids with Cancer

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Byline: Zarisha Bradley Zarisha.Bradley@dailymercury.com.au

MOTHERS of twins expect to watch their children go through everything in life together.

But never did this Mackay mum think she'd be watching her twin toddlers fight leukaemia together.

That was the reality that confronted Mackay Base Hospital project officer Kirsty Scoble when her baby girls, Kelci and Jadeine Scoble, were diagnosed with acute lymphoblastic leukaemia.

Kelci was 18 months old when she was diagnosed in November 2000, and just months later, in 2001, while Kirsty was still reeling from that news, the unimaginable happened. Doctors told her that Jadeine, also had the disease.

Experiencing a whirlwind of emotions and heartbreak, Kirsty was told it had only happened previously to four other sets of twins worldwide.

"Because it's not hereditary, I was told it would have been bad luck - or whatever the trigger was when I was carrying them," she said.

"There was no real reason for it, it just happened.

"It was very, very tough."

The girls had been born and were living with their parents in Mt Isa before they were diagnosed, but the family relocated to Townsville for treatment.

They constantly flew back and forth to Brisbane to undergo the more intense doses of chemotherapy.

"They grew up always having to go to the hospital," Kirsty said.

"The girls were considered high risk when they were diagnosed... It was very intense."

After about two and a half years of each child enduring chemotherapy treatment, the girls were finally in remission.

Kirsty recalled how proud she had felt watching their curly hair start to grow back and seeing them regain strength.

She said it had been hard seeing them with "skinny little arms and legs with huge bellies".

"What happened to the twins was just very hard to deal with... but they had each other," she said.

"You don't know at the time whether you're going to deal with it or not... your life is driven by fear - that's the hardest part.

"But there was a lot of wonderful people that I met that weren't as lucky and your heart breaks for them."

Kirsty said she's a strong believer in 'what you think if what you get' so she and her husband Dennis Scoble tried their best to stay strong and make the twins' life fun for them growing up.

She said the Leukaemia Foundation unit in Brisbane, where they lived while the girls were being treated, had been wonderful and had helped the girls have a "normal life there".

So much so, they actually got excited about flying to Brisbane.

Kirsty remembers the "beautiful Red Cross ladies" entertaining the girls with Barbie dolls and by blowing bubbles.

She said she could never thank the Foundation enough and their support had meant the world. …

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