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Broomfield Hospital provides a wide range of services including A&E, emergency medicine and surgery, elective surgery in most specialties, and maternity and pediatric services.

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Court Road Broomfield

Chelmsford, England, CM1 7ET,

United Kingdom



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Teen who visited dentist with swollen jaw given devastated diagnosis hours later

Dec 28, 2023

Teen who visited dentist with swollen jaw given devastating diagnosis hours later Frankie-Ella Lloyd was diagnosed with acute lymphoblastic leukaemia (ALL) – a type of blood cancer – when she was just 15 Keep up to date with the latest stories with our WalesOnline newsletter Invalid emailSomething went wrong, please try again later. More Newsletters We use your sign-up to provide content in ways you’ve consented to and improve our understanding of you. This may include adverts from us and third parties based on our knowledge of you. More info Thank you for subscribing! Invalid emailSomething went wrong, please try again later. Sign Up × A girl who saw her teenage years “taken away” after being diagnosed with leukaemia aged 15 has said being told she is cancer-free just before Christmas is “the best present” she could have asked for. Frankie-Ella Lloyd, 17, who lives in Essex, was diagnosed with acute lymphoblastic leukaemia (ALL), a type of blood cancer, in September 2021 when she was just 15 – but on Thursday she rang the bell at Broomfield Hospital for her final chemotherapy treatment which she described as “the best day of (her) life”. Her symptoms included swelling on the right side of her jaw, “purple, red, and black” dots on her legs, dizziness, and extreme fatigue, however, when her mother Victoria Macdonald, 42, a carer, took Frankie-Ella to the GP, they were sent home with antibiotics and told she was “just a lazy teenager”. Her symptoms persisted, to the point where she was passing out regularly and “screaming in agony”, but she felt “no-one was listening” to her. The jaw swelling prompted a trip to the dentist, where they were then told they needed to go to hospital – and just hours later after blood tests, Frankie-Ella was diagnosed with ALL. “In the morning, I woke up to seven specialist nurses around us all, and that’s when they told us,” Frankie-Ella told PA Real Life. “The first thing I asked was ‘am I going to die?’ And my nurses said ‘we can’t tell you yes, we can’t tell you no’, and at that point, I ran out the hospital and broke down.” Frankie-Ella said she knew she had to “fight” the cancer and commenced chemotherapy straightaway, which caused her to lose all her hair and stop attending school . However, earlier this month, she was told she was cancer-free and she rang the bell for her final chemotherapy treatment on December 21, the Winter Solstice, just days before Christmas. Now she is looking forward to spending quality time with her family over the festive period, and wants to give the message to others with cancer that “bald is beautiful”. Frankie-Ella described ringing the bell for her final treatment as 'the best day of (her) life' (Image: PA) Speaking about ringing the bell for her final treatment, she said: “I honestly can’t even describe it – I’ve never felt anything like that. It was the best day of my life. I just felt blessed to even stand there and ring that bell, it was so emotional.” When Frankie-Ella noticed the swelling in her jaw and the clustering of coloured dots – tiny spots of bleeding under the skin known as petechiae – on her legs, she said it was “scary”. Despite her symptoms being dismissed by her GP initially, she “knew there was something wrong” and she was determined to find a cause. “I just felt like no-one was listening to me, and the only person that actually did listen was my mum,” Frankie-Ella said. "Every time I went to the doctors, they just didn’t believe me – until I went to the hospital.” Frankie-Ella was diagnosed with ALL at Broomfield Hospital in Chelmsford, Essex, on September 23 2021, before being transferred to University College Hospital in London. The then 15-year-old had not even heard of leukaemia and asked whether doctors can “cut it out”, before being told it was a type of blood cancer and she would need chemotherapy. This caused her to lose all her hair, experience extreme fatigue and sickness, and she stopped attending school and did not sit her GCSEs. She now requires the use of a wheelchair on occasion due to muscle weakness, but said losing her hair was “the worst bit” as she felt she had lost herself. Frankie-Ella said losing her hair was 'the worst bit' (Image: PA Real Life) “When I first got diagnosed, this boy at school sent a picture round of me when I went bald, and it went in group chats and that broke my heart – I didn’t ask for this,” she said. “I feel like my whole appearance – me mentally and physically – I just feel like everything got taken away and I’ve turned into a completely different person now.” Despite this, Frankie-Ella knew she had to “fight” – and she said listening to music, including songs by Adele and Ed Sheeran, helped her through her treatment. While the chemotherapy was gruelling, for each day she survived Frankie-Ella said she felt “blessed” – especially as she had seen some of her friends with leukaemia pass away. She started posting videos on her TikTok account to educate others and share updates on her journey in 2022, and on December 1 2023 she was told she was cancer-free. Frankie-Ella said there were points where she “didn’t think (she) was going to be here” so this was a huge milestone for her. “I broke down crying – I was so happy and it was such a relief – that was the best feeling in the world,” she said. “It was the best Christmas present I could have asked for.” Although she will have to continue taking medication for the foreseeable, she rang the bell for her final chemotherapy treatment on December 21. She had memorised the words on the bell beforehand in anticipation of the momentous day. “The wording is, ‘Ring this bell, three times well, its toll to clearly say, my treatment’s done, this course is run, and I am on my way!’,” she explained. Frankie-Ella said the hospital staff who “saved (her) life” have inspired her to pursue a career in nursing – and she is hoping to start studying at Chelmsford College in the new year. She hopes to one day visit Disneyland Florida as well, but for now, she is looking forward to a cancer-free Christmas with her family, with her favourite part of the roast being the “crispy” potatoes and pigs in blankets. “I’m looking forward to having another Christmas with my family. Just to be able to sit there and eat a roast with them, I just feel blessed to even do that,” she said. “My mum said to me ‘what do you want for Christmas?’ And I just said ‘Mum, I don’t want anything for Christmas, I just want me to ring the bell and it all to be finished’.” Victoria added: “As a parent, when your child gets diagnosed with cancer, your whole world just turns upside down. “It was very fast, the treatment is harsh, but I can see a light at the end of the tunnel now; the amount of times I’ve been in the corridors crying. The Christmas is second, her ringing the bell is my Christmas present – I couldn’t have asked for a better Christmas present.” To follow Frankie-Ella on TikTok, search: @xx_frankie For more information and support, call Leukaemia Care’s freephone helpline on 08088 010 444, email, or visit its website here: Story Saved You can find this story in   My Bookmarks. Or by navigating to the user icon in the top right. Follow Wales Online Most Recent Most Recent

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