Ella, 14

My name is Ella Carroll, I am Olivia Carroll’s sister. When Olivia was 3 years old she was diagnosed with stage 3, high risk neuroblastoma cancer. I was 4 years old.

When I first found out Olivia had cancer, I didn’t know what to think. I couldn’t comprehend what that meant. All I knew was that she was sick. While she was battling cancer, I remember one of my parents had to be at the hospital with her at all times so I only got to see one of them at a time. I would visit Olivia but not often because I was so young. I would see how sick she looked and I would see all the tubes hooked up to her and it scared me. I would lay in her hospital bed and read books or watch movies with her. I would also see all the presents she was getting and, since I was so young and didn’t understand, I would get jealous. I was upset because it seemed she had all the attention at the time.

Olivia is now 12 and is very healthy. This experience now feels a bit like a dream. The advice I have for siblings experiencing something similar is to always remember your sibling truly does need extra attention to make it through and survive.