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 45

Filed under: 1 — Rebecca at 8:19 pm on Tuesday, June 3, 2008

Liam had a good nights sleep last night, it made a big difference not being woken every 2 hours to be poked and proded.  We were woken early (well 7.30) so the nurses could take the dressing off his leg to enable the Doctors to have a good look at it.  The scar is an absolute beauty, it runs from his knee down the side of his leg to his ankle.  The top layer of the dressing was taken off but the bottom layer will come off tomorrow and the drain will also come out.  Liam is not looking forward to this one bit!  He also had his doppler wires taken out of his chest which were connected to tubes in his artery and vein and when a machine was plugged into him and turned on they could hear the blood pumping through to the tissue site.  The tubes inside the vein and artery will stay in there for the rest of his life causing no problems and he sure is going to have some good stories to tell in years to come! 

He has begun to eat again although thinks he is going to starve from the yucky hospital food.  I must admit the pureed apricots and lamb casserole were not exactly appetising.  Matt and Nicky and the kids bought him some chocolate yoghurt and other mushy goodies so that should keep him going for awhile.

A few visitors popped in today including Ashleigh and Grandma.  Ashleigh is doing fine without us and is very comfortable with Grandma at home.  Grandma has been keeping very busy painting our lounge in between kicking Coco outside for a toilet break.  What a great Mum I have!

Liam is tucked up in bed now for an early night after his busy day playing club penguin ALL day on the laptop.  He did stop for a couple of breaks to go for a little walk with the Physio, and for his visitors but I think we might have to ration it tomorrow.

With a bit of luck we will be back home to our own beds by the weekend.  They certainly won’t hold onto us for longer than necessary so fingers crossed it will be on Friday.

Take care

Becs and Liam 




June 3, 2008 @   

Hi, great to hear things are progressing so well. Thinking of you all often. Stay strong.
Melissa, Ricky & Samantha xxx


   Aunty Sarah

June 4, 2008 @   

Hi Liam, I’m so pleased to hear how well you are doing. It makes me really proud to hear how brave you are being. All my workmates and friends here in London are always asking about you. They still remember the ‘handsome boy’ who came into the office and played on the scooter!
Love you lots and lots
Aunty Sarah
PS Tomorrow I am going to Paris, so I’ll try to find you another Eiffel tower (in between watching out for hunch-backs that is – eh Becs!!!)


   Nic, John & Steven

June 4, 2008 @   

Hi Becs and Liam the Legend!! You are blowing everyone away Liam with how well you are doing and fingers crossed you and Mum are able to head home before the weekend – we are all hoping so. Sounds like you have plenty to keep you occupied in hospital and lots of visitors. Keep up that amazing strength Liam – you are awesome!!


   robin Gemmill

June 4, 2008 @   

Hi Becs, Liam and family
Great that you are all doing so well. Keep up the good work. You do have a great Mum Becs, where do you think all your good genes come from. However, I have never felt it was fair that your Mum was allowed to wolf whistle and oggle the hunks in public and if I even glanced sideways my daughter said it was gross behaviour.. Your Mum, good and funny stuff…me…Gross .
Hope you arem al home and happy this weekend.
The Gemmill family …freezing in the Wairarapa


   Dean, Kirsten & Finn

June 4, 2008 @   

Hi Liam

Really pleased that all is going well, we love following your journey via this blog.

Would have loved to have seen Jasper asleep in the toilet.

We are all praying for a quick recovery for you and that you get home soon.



   Kate Martin

June 4, 2008 @   

Hi Becs and Liam
Great to hear you will soon be leaving your 5-star accommodation for home. No nurses there to poke and prod and keep you awake at night. Liam, you are just the bravest young man and, Becs, you’ve been amazing. As with everyone else, I’m praying for a super-quick recovery for you Liam. God bless

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