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Hannah April Bloomfield arrived into the world on the 28th November 2001 Her   arrival   was   one   that   I   will   never   forget.   Being   my   second   child   I   allowed   a   student   midwife   to   deliver   her,   big   mistake.   David   (Hannah’s   dad)   and   I will   never   forget   the   first   words   that   were   spoken   when   our   precious   little   girl   was   born.   “Oh   my   god!   get   a   load   of   this!”   and   instead   of   being   given   to me she was whisked away for a check up. When   I   finally   got   to   hold   our   baby   we   noticed   a   giant   black   mark   covering   her   chest   and   large   spots   on   her   head,   hip,   bottom   and   legs.   Another midwife present who was present at the time explained that they were birthmarks and left it at that. Many   hours   followed   before   I   got   to   speak   to   a   paediatrician,   who   told   me   that   Hannah   had   brown   nevus,   but   he   had   never   seen   a   case   like   this   before so didn’t know much more about it.  26   hours   after   the   birth   of   Hannah   I   discharged   myself   from   hospital   due   to   the   fact   that   throughout   the   day   I   was   visited   by   many   nurses   who   wanted to see the baby with the birthmark. Once I got home I still didn’t know a great deal about Hannah’s condition and it remained that way for 3 months.  When   Hannah   was   3   months   old   we   had   the   first   of   many   visits   to   the   Dermatology   Department   at   the   Royal   Children’s   Hospital   (RCH)   in   Melbourne. At   last   we   were   given   a   more   detailed   explanation   of   CMN   and   had   many   of   our   questions   answered.   Treatments   were   discussed   but   due   to   the positioning   of   the   nevus   at   this   stage   treatment   didn’t   seem   to   be   an   option.   There   were   risks   of   breast   buds   being   damaged   and   excessive   scarring, which could also effect her breast development. So at this stage we decided to leave things as they were. This   was   also   the   time   when   I   was   diagnosed   with   delayed   post   natal   depression.   I   had   struggled   for   the   past   few   months   trying   to   understand Hannah’s condition, be supportive towards my family and just get on with life, which I never once stopped to really deal with my own emotions.  When   Hannah   was   14   months   we   decided   to   get   the   internet   and   this   is   when   I   discovered   the   Aussie   Nevus   Support   Group.   For   the   first   time   since Hannah   was   born   I   stopped   feeling   alone.   I   owe   this   group   so   much.   They   gave   me   the   support   that   I   desperately   needed   and   pulled   me   out   of   the dark place that I was in. The internet also gave me the chance to learn about CMN, finally the rest of my questions (at this stage) were answered.  For   the   past   4   years   Hannah’s   nevus   had   grown   with   her   and   is   now   a   reddish/brown   colour.   It   had   also   thickened   on   one   side,   which   may   result   in breast   development   troubles   when   she   gets   older,   but   we   will   just   wait   and   see.   She   was   born   with   10   satellites,   but   now   has   100’s.   She   visits   the   RCH annually   where   we   have   photos   updated   and   every   mole   checked   and   sees   her   paediatrician   6   months   after   the   RCH   visits,   who   has   since   educated himself   on   CMN.   Hannah   also   has   to   visit   an   ophthalmologist   every   18months-2   years   to   get   her   eyes   checked   due   to   having   a   small   satellite   on   her iris. She has a small chance of getting glaucoma due to this spot.  We   have   recently   begun   a   new   path   in   Hannah’s   nevus   journey.   Due   to   her   chest   nevus   developing   quite   a   large   amount   of   hair   we   are   currently undergoing   test   patches   of   laser   treatment   to   see   whether   we   can   retards   its   growth   and   whilst   undergoing   these   test   patches   we   are   going   to   try   to lighten the pigment also. This treatment will take many years to complete, if the test patches prove to make some difference, but we are in no hurry. Hannah   is   a   beautiful,   happy   and   confident   4   year   old   girl   who   is   strong   willed   and   just   loves   life.   I   know   that   our   nevus   journey   has   just   begun   but watching   how   Hannah   deals   with   doctors,   peers   and   society   I   know   in   my   heart   that   Hannah   will   be   okay   and   that   she   will   take   on   the   world   ‘spots   and all’.

Hannah’s Story

By Katie Bloomfield (Hannah’s Mum) Published 2002
ABN: 23543860400
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