HOME AGAIN: Bella is welcomed home by her brothers Angus, 9, and Lewis, 8.
HOME AGAIN: Bella is welcomed home by her brothers Angus, 9, and Lewis, 8. Warren Lynam

All Bella wants for Christmas is to sleep in her own bed

ALMOST one year since being diagnosed with bone cancer in January, Bella Harry, 13, spent her first day back on the Coast with her family yesterday.

Wednesday marked a significant milestone in Bella's treatment, undergoing her final round of radiation, having her central line removed and being discharged from Lady Cilento Children's Hospital in Brisbane.

Just sleeping in her own bed is the perfect Christmas gift for a girl who has touched the hearts of thousands of people throughout her cancer fight - but she wasn't going to waste her time sleeping.

"It was awesome. I was so excited," Bella said.

"I missed my family lots because I don't get to see them very often when I'm in Brisbane."

13-year-old Bella Harry is spending her first day back at home with her family after an 11-month battle with Cancer. Bella has already been hanging out with her brothers and catching up with friends. Bella is welcomed home by her mother Emma and brothers Angus,9, and Lewis,8. Photo: Warren Lynam / Sunshine Coast Daily
13-year-old Bella Harry is spending her first day back at home with her family after an 11-month battle with Cancer. Bella has already been hanging out with her brothers and catching up with friends. Bella is welcomed home by her mother Emma and brothers Angus,9, and Lewis,8. Photo: Warren Lynam / Sunshine Coast Daily Warren Lynam

To call Bella's ordeal 'tough' would be an understatement.

With 35 weeks of chemotherapy, surgery to replace her femur with a titanium rod, another six weeks of radiation therapy and months of exile from friends due to the risk of infection, Bella couldn't be happier to have a break.

In between continued physiotherapy and hydrotherapy session this Summer, it's the simple things she's looking forward to the most.

"Taking the boys to school, going in the pool, everything really," she said.

Emma Harry said she still hadn't come to terms with the reality of her little girl returning home.

12-year-old Bella Harry meets Johnny Depp while in Lady Cilento Children's Hospital for chemotherapy.
12-year-old Bella Harry meets Johnny Depp while in Lady Cilento Children's Hospital for chemotherapy.

"It hasn't really sunk in yet," she said.

"It was great to all be in the car together."

Mrs Harry thanked the entire Sunshine Coast community for its support during the toughest time of their lives.

"It was overwhelming - we can't thank everyone enough. We've been blown away," she said.

"The whole community has been absolutely amazing."


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