LIAM'S JOURNEY

In May of 2006 we lost Matt, Liam's Dad after a courageous battle with a brain tumour, he was 34 years old. In April of 2008 we got the devastating news that 7 year old Liam had an extremely rare form of cancer in his sinus cavity. This blog is where we can update you on Liam's progess with his brave battle. "If children have the ability to ignore all odds and percentages, then maybe we can all learn from them."

Day 17

Filed under: 1 — Rebecca at 11:29 am on Tuesday, May 6, 2008

What a beautiful day it is on the sunny Kapiti Coast today, you could almost be forgiven for thinking it was summer (apart from the fact it is freezing), lets hope for good weather like this for the rugby match on Saturday. 

 Liam had a good day at school yesterday, has just slotted back in no worries.  Typical 7 year old boy style he twisted his ankle doing something or rather – not sure I wanted to know what – and is limping a bit, when he remembers to.

I sat down with him last night and told him that he wasn’t going to be having the chemotherapy and just surgery.  I explained that the surgeons would have to go in through the side of his face which he is not in the least bit worried about.  He said he would be asleep but asked would it hurt when he woke up.  I told him he would be a bit sore like he was when he woke up from the last one, and then you could see it dawning – his biggest fear “Will I have a plaster on my face?”  That was the only thing that brought him to tears over the last few weeks was the plasters being pulled off his skin!  If that is his only worry its not too bad!  He thinks its pretty cool too to be having a titanium plate in his face for the rest of his life, he was going to share that for news at school today.

We should be hearing from the surgical team at Lower Hutt sometime this week and will be able to sit down with them and know exactly what they will be getting up to, and how many surgeries he will have to have over the next few months/years.  He may also need radiation afterwards, but haven’t had any confirmation regarding it, I don’t think they like me to get too far ahead of ourselves, but you know what I’m like I want to know everything now!  It will be nice having a plan of attack and beginning the fight to get rid of this thing.

Must get back to the statistics assignment I am trying to work on (*yawn*)

Becs



7 Comments

184

   Vickie, Steve, & kids

May 6, 2008 @   

You’d think by now they’d have invented easy to remove plasters! :-)

A titanium plate sounds very cool… you’ll be just like the six million dollar man, Liam! Jack says “who is the six million dollar man” and that you’ll be like a Transformer, which is apparently much cooler.

185

   Thingy, Liza and co.

May 6, 2008 @   

Hi Becs and Liam
I hear from good sources the team of doctors at Lower Hutt are ‘absolutely awesome’ – straight from the mouth of Hamish’s kindy friend Harry who was born with a birth mark covering much of his little body. Liam, it is way cooler having titanium in your face than botox. Thinking of you all.
The Martin family.

186

   Aunty Jo

May 7, 2008 @   

Hi Liam!!
Just read an article in the Press about your story – a number of people have already seen it and we are only 8am!! I will save a few copies for you and send them up! Aparently there is a photo as well, but I have only seen it on line, at this stage no photo there.
Great to hear that you are back at school and able to spend time with friends.
Lots of Love from the cousies down south!! We loved the times we got to see you and spend time hanging out! pjjfmm xxxxxx

187

   Emma

May 7, 2008 @   

Wow and now you’re famous as well little man. Good to see your handsome face on *stuff*. And I agree, pulling plasters sux!
Have a happy day

Emma & troops

188

   Rachel Radomski

May 7, 2008 @   

Hey Liam, I was doing my daily read through the Stuff website and came across this great article!

http://www.stuff.co.nz/4513458a11.html

You’re famous!! I might even need to ask for your autograph the next time see you. :)

Hope School is going well for you and that you are enjoying the sunshine.
Rachel :)

189

   Gabe and Gerard

May 7, 2008 @   

Hi guys,
I’ve been reading through your daily posts and think you’re amazing! How you have the energy to write them (let alone do stats assignments – you’re insane!) amazes me. Liam, sounds like you’re going through this journey with a smile on your face and lots of spirit. You’re one VERY brave boy! Hope the next few days treats you all well. You’ve been very much in our hearts and minds and will be even more so over the coming days. Will have to get back into the baking now you’re back in Wgtn!
Much love to you all, Gabe and Gerard.
ps. GO the Hurricanes this Friday! Hope you get to see the game Liam.

194

   Martin & Toinon

May 7, 2008 @   

Hi Becs & Liam,
A great article (& even better photo) in the Dominion this morning….do you have autographed copies of your photo spare Liam? At work, a number in the know said the doctors out at Lower Hutt are fantastic, so you are in good hands. I hope you were able to make good progress on your stats assignment this afternoon, Becs. Take care, and we’ll see you on the weekend. xxxxx

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