Julia remembers the panic she felt when told of Guillaume’s diagnosis.
“I went into panic mode. It was that moment where your world just stops.”
Because he was so sick, Guillaume was hospitalised that night at the ONJ Centre.
“I was extremely sick. They told me to get me parents out here (from France). My will was written. I had a horrendous migraine that didn’t go away. I couldn’t sleep. I was just curled up in bed.”
Although he started on chemotherapy straight away, Guillaume remained very unwell and Julia describes the shock she felt one night when he called her from the hospital.
“In the first week, I will never forget it, he called me one night to say that everything was going wrong and he wanted to say goodbye, he hoped I would meet someone else and that he loved me. I told him not to talk to me like that. I was really yelling at him and saying ‘this is not you’. Thankfully, after six weeks Guillaume was going really well, the treatment had cleared up all the leukaemia in his blood and he was in remission.”