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 121

Filed under: 1 — Rebecca at 1:53 pm on Thursday, August 21, 2008

I took Liam to see the Optician today, earlier than expected which was great as it meant he only missed out on lunch and has now gone back to school (much to his disgust I might add).

The optician, Annette, confirmed that there is damage to the optic nerve on Liam’s right eye.  The damage is irreversible.  He has a small area which still works but he has to move his head about to find the spot and even then there is no periphial vision and it cannot be corrected with glasses.  He still has perfect vision in his left eye which is doing all the work.  There is no reason why he cannot do  everything that a normal two eyed person can do.  Even racquet sports, rugby getting a drivers licence etc.  The only things he will not be able to do are get a HT licence or fly a plane, but hey who cares!  He certainly doesn’t have a burning desire at this point to drive a truck or become a pilot.  He is not fazed by it at all and because his eye isn’t working he wants to know if they can take it out so he can have a glass one so that he can use it as a party trick and take it out and put it in his drink. (think I have you Coops to thank for this little insight!)

I guess it has just made the decision surrounding radiotherapy that much easier as the damage to the eye has already been done.  Will keep you posted.

It is a beautiful Kapiti Coast day, I am sitting with the door open and the sun streaming in which is good cause it was freezing this morning, roll on spring.

Take care




   Lea White

August 21, 2008 @   

Thinking of you as you make these really tough decisions!

Lea White


   Aunty Sarah

August 22, 2008 @   

Hey Becs – thanks for the updates, you’re all being incredibly brave and I wish I could be there for you at the moment. Saying lots of prayers, thinking of you heaps and booking my tickets home for Christmas xxxxxxxx

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