Brave Mila kicks cancer’s butt after hard two years
Year 1 student Mila Seeley has beaten leukaemia after 796 days of treatment and enjoyed a surprise party with an abundance of bubbles and cheers from her classmates.
Mila was five when she started chemotherapy 48 hours after being diagnosed with leukaemia in 2018 and has since gone through two years of treatment.
Mila’s mother J’nae Seeley said she thought to herself “oh my god my child going to die” after hearing her daughter’s diagnosis, but said she was extremely grateful for a joyful ending.
“It’s been a big couple of years … we have been though all the motions they take you through with childhood cancer and we are coming out the other end,” she said.
“796 days later Mila will be having her last dose of chemo tonight.
“She is here, and we can move forward now and try to let her live a long, happy and healthy life.”
Mrs Seeley said she and her husband Craig would close the chapter hoping for a healthy future.
“It’s a cautious happiness because you have to move forward, but as parents it’s been very hard watching your child go through something pretty distressing … and we still have that hesitation,” she said.
“The statistics of her relapsing are quite low, but you still think it’s a low percentage that has got it.
“We just hope everything will be OK.”
The pair said they were looking forward to moving on from the “hard” years and living a “normal” family life.
“We are looking forward to leaving this chapter in the past and just moving forward and being able to be a family and just do normal out and about adventures,” Mrs Seeley said.
Mila and her family had “no idea” what her classmates had planned for Monday morning’s celebration and said it was “incredible”.
“It was indescribable, I think that’s probably number one as parents,” Mrs Seeley said.
“It was priceless, we will never forget that moment and I hope she (Mila) is old enough to remember it as well.
“I started crying as soon as we walked in, it was amazing, all the kids, the bubbles, the cheering what more could you ask for to celebrate?”
As a fly-in-fly-out worker Mr Seeley was stuck in Western Australia for the past six months, but was able to travel home to celebrate his daughter's milestone.
“Craig has come home for her end of treatment, he would have been still over there, but we wanted to make sure he was here for her end of treatment,” Mrs Seeley said.
“We started this together and we want to finish it together.”
Mila, 7, said she was filled with excitement when she saw her classmates lining the footpath to her classroom.
“I was excited when I got to the gate and saw everyone,” she said.
“It feels really good because I don’t have to have my chemo anymore, I’m really excited not to have to do it.”
Mountain Creek Year 1 teacher Tonya “Ms Tonya” Hooper said the children came up with the idea to surprise Mila, wrote special messages of support on love hearts, painted posters and practised a performance of Brave and Strong which they sang on Monday.
“Along with hundreds and hundreds of other people we have been walking the journey of leukaemia with Mila,” she said.
“I was so taken back by the kids, because they understand what Mil has gone through and they all wanted to celebrate with her, so I was so immensely proud of them.”