I read on Suzanne's blog how much their treatment is costing them (and thankfully they have medical insurance). It is shocking to realise how very expensive cancer treatment is and to be honest I have absolutely no idea how much Bianca's treatment must be to date, but by now it must be a fortune. We are lucky that Bianca's treatment is covered by the Ministry of Health, because I really don't know how we would have coped if we had to pay for the treatment ourselves.
Looking back I don't actually know how we made it this far, because when Bianca was diagnosed we didn't have time to focus much on grocery shopping planning and the amount of money we ended up spending on things like chicken nuggets from McDonalds or Subway (or whatever the steroids made Bianca crave) and when your child has a risk of getting a nose tube, is fussy because of the stupid chemo, then you feed them whatever just as long as they eat something and you are able to avoid getting a nose tube (where you have to hold her down as she struggles desperately during the procedure.)
We moved from Wellington to Auckland so that we could get appropriate care for Bianca when we felt the care at Wellington hosptial wasn't as good as it could be (and that was expensive!). We've had to employ an au pair to help look after the kids and it is only really now, just a few months short of 2 years, that we are finally able to get back to doing some financial planning again, looking at ways to save money, doing things better and so on. But until recently it was very much "just focus on now, and don't even think about tomorrow". So yes, I don't really want to think how we managed, but we did, and that's all that matters.