Cappawhite’s Rónnad Armshaw beat cancer after 887 days of treatment.
A courageous Tipperary girl who beat cancer after 887 days of treatment was granted a family trip of a lifetime to Disneyland Paris by Make-A-Wish Ireland.
Cappawhite’s Rónnad Armshaw, the daughter of Aisling and Michael, was an “absolute star” throughout her battle with acute lymphoblastic leukemia, and had a brilliant time in Disneyland with her family last December.
The Armshaw family are forever grateful to Make-A-Wish for "the gift of laughter, fun and an amazing trip”. They are now planning a fundraising dance at Cappawhite Resource Centre on Saturday 5th May at 9pm in aid of the children's charity. Peter Burke will provide the music and admission is €10. Tickets are available in local Cappawhite shops, at Armshaw’s Bar and from Aisling Armshaw, Patricia Walshe, Cecelia Walshe, Geraldine Armshaw and Shelley McCarthy.
Rónnad Armshaw (right) and her sister Hanorah enjoying Disneyland Paris.
Rónnad was subjected to 30 nights on the Sunshine Ward at University Hospital Limerick, frequent trips to Our Lady's Children's Hospital in Crumlin, weekly blood samples, and spent hours on end in isolation due to low immunity. “She was strong, brave, took all her medication and done everything asked of her. She didn’t need to be tube fed, but had to go to Crumlin for treatment every three months and still never complained. She got up afterwards, had something to eat and we drove straight back to Cappawhite,” loving mother Aisling told The Nationalist.
Aisling never left Rónnad’s side for 887 days of treatment. “Rónnad and I became a team - she knew what to expect of me and I knew what to expect of her. Michael stayed at home with our eldest daughter Hanorah as we felt it was important that she had some stability. Our parents were brilliant too and without them we would have been homeless.
“I never left Rónnad’s side. We slept together in the same bed both at home and in a little hospital bed. I knew when she was hot and cold, if she was breathing or if she needed anything. I trained in Crumlin to take Rónnad’s bloods, administer her chemotherapy both orally and through her broviac, and changed her dressing. We had an understanding and she trusted me,” Aisling continued.
Rónnad Armshaw (right) and her sister Hanorah having a magical time at Disneyland Paris.
Rónnad has 1878 beads of courage - a bead for every procedure, every theatre, every blood test, every admission, every chemo, one for when her hair fell out and one for when it grew back. “They represent her journey. You can never go back after being through as family what we have been through. One thing that I do know is that there is always someone worse off than you. We have made many great friends along the way and we have lost some beautiful little friends too. We are part of a family that no one wants to be in. But we are here, we are together and we are stronger,” Aisling added.
Rónnad is repeating junior infants at Cappawhite National School. “Rónnad is a very special little girl who enjoys life to the full. She loves animals, her dog Odon, swimming, playing outside with her big sister Hanorah, watching Scooby Doo, listening to stories, dressing up as a princess, helping her Opa in the garden and going to school. Her favourite colour is purple. Her favourite princess is Aurora. Her favourite dinner is her Nanna Nora’s spaghetti Bolognese. And best of all she gives magic hugs,” Aisling smiled.