The family of a teenage girl who thought she had tonsillitis for a year has been left devastated after discovering that she actually has leukaemia.
Schoolgirl Ayisha Green also lost half her body weight and her parents then suspected an eating disorder.
She visited her GP six times before she was finally diagnosed with a rare form of cancer.
The 13-year-old is now being treated at Manchester Children's Hospital, where she has just begun her second round of chemotherapy.
Ayisha now urgently needs a life-saving bone marrow transplant.
Stepfather James said: 'Ayisha's on chemotherapy and feels a bit sick obviously, but usually she's in really good spirits.'
Schoolgirl Ayisha Green was suspected on having inflammation of the tonsils for a year
When she lost half her body weight her family then suspected she had an eating disorder
Mother Jayne, 40, said the condition is 'treatable' but Ayisha now urgently needs a life-saving bone marrow transplant.
She now wants to make other parents aware of the condition.
She said: 'We thought it was tonsillitis. The last time she had it was in May and we noticed she was losing weight really rapidly. My partner thought she might have an eating disorder.'
Mother Jayne was shocked by the diagnosis
They were completely shocked to be told she had acute myeloid leukemia, cancer of the white blood cells which affected around 2,600 people in the UK each year.
This type progresses rapidly and aggressively, and usually requires immediate treatment
Ayisha has acute myeloid leukemia, an aggressive cancer of the myeloid cells
Am I going to lose my hair?
Jayne took her daughter to Blackpool Victoria Hospital for a blood test on June 18.
The following day her diagnosis was confirmed and Ayisha was transferred to Manchester Children's Hospital.
Motherof-three Jayne, who lives with her daughter in Blackpool, Lancashire, said: 'It was so shocking.
'The first thing she said was "am I going to lose my hair?" and I said "yes".
'I suffer from alopecia so I wear a wig, and she said we could go wig-shopping together.
'I thought she would be upset and crying but she just took it really well.
'All the kids that are in Manchester Hospital are so resilient, it's unbelievable. The children are just so strong.'
Waiting for a bone marrow match
The family are waiting on tender hooks to find out if Ayisha's older brothers Joshua, 17, and Connor, 16, are a possible match.
If not, they hope a