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Leukaemia girl dies

27th February 2007

A sixteen-year-old girl who refused treatment for leukaemia has died at home with her parents.

Josie Grove, from Northumberland, made the headlines late last year after she shunned treatment to spend more time with her family.  She said in December that she wanted to enjoy what remained of her life after a series of gruelling treatments failed. She added, “A course of drugs I took in September left me feeling ill, shaky and aching, and it didn't do much to fight the cancer. I want to get on with my life.?  It is understood that she and her parents took the decision to stop further treatment after all options had been fully investigated.

She was nominated for a bravery award by medical staff and her courage was recognised by the Brave Hearts charity before Christmas when she was honoured with 11 other children in a ceremony at Newcastle United's St James's Park ground. Dr Rod Skinner, an expert in bone marrow transplants at Newcastle General Hospital said, "She was very strong, so determined and very clear in her thinking. She was truly remarkable, and I don't say that lightly.?

Josie was a talented artist and swimmer and is survived by 2 brothers and a sister.


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Sunday 27th January 2008 @ 13:10

I understand her views, there is no right or wrong decision here. Each person faced with this diagnosis must make their own choice as to whether to take the chance on chemotherapy.
It can put you into remission and let you live longer (at a cost) or kill you quicker.
I have survived 10 years now after very high dose chemotherapy for AML and have seen my children grow up but those have been 10 years of very poor health due to damages caused by the chemo.
Even now I don't know what I would do if I had to do it all again.
May she and her family be at peace.

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