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 173

Filed under: 1 — Rebecca at 6:23 pm on Sunday, October 12, 2008

We have had a good week for the last week of the school holidays.  I took the kids to the movies one day and to the gym a couple of times where they did a bit of a “jump jam” session which they had a marvellous time at.  On Friday Carol and I took them to do a spot of ten pin bowling, and we were a bit upset when we were beaten by a 6 year old and an 8 year old.  Always next time I guess!

I attended Kyah’s 3rd birthday party yesterday, her parents Shanell and Jason had brought it forward as they know that she will not make it till her actual birthday next month.  It was a big decision to go, I did hesitate as I was unsure about all the emotions that were to be faced.  In the end Catherine (another CCF Mum) and I packed up some meals and presents and headed in, minus our children.  (Liam and Ash were both at parties).  I am so pleased that we went, it was such a celebration for Kyah and the family, and it blew away all the sadness I was feeling to see them and be able to not only say goodbye, but feel like we were helping in some small minute way.  It was also great to see that Kyah was awake and alert for most of it, and aware of what was happening around her.  They are and awesome and inspiring family. 

Today we got up early (lucky I enjoyed my last sleep in for the holidays yesterday) as we were participating in the Tour of Waikanae.  This essentially is a bike ride around Waikanae, which you can choose either the 25, 50, 75 or 100km options.  Jasper took Jessica, Amelia and Liam on the 25k route, so that Olivia and I could attempt the 50k track as her and I are doing the Cycle Challenge around Lake Taupo in late November.  It has been a beautiful day, and I even have a little bit of sunburn to show for it!  The kids did really well and enjoyed the ride, and Olivia was brilliant, keeping up with a fast pace and we completed the course in just over 2 hours.  I will post the finshline photos when we get them.

We spent the rest of the day at the beach, and had a BBQ for dinner.  All and all it has been a fantastic weekend to end a fantastic week.  Can’t say I’m too upset about the end of the holidays tho!

Liam is scheduled for his surgery on Wednesday at Hutt Hospital, we are first on the list again so are due there at 7.15 in the morning.  He will be in surgery for about 2 hours, and if the area is free of tumour they will take out his portacath which will be good as he needs to have it flushed every 4 weeks at the moment.  We will be staying at the hospital for about 2 days, so I will update the blog after the surgery, so all fingers crossed please for a clean and clear result.

Hope this finds everyone well




   Lea White

October 12, 2008 @   

It was great meeting you on Saturday and thank you so much for the drop off at the airport and for keeping us company. Our flight was delayed for an hour, but it wasn’t too bad.

Will keep you in my prayers and thoughts for Wednesday.

Lea White


   Alli Thomson

October 14, 2008 @   

Hi Becs, it was great catching up over the weekend, we’ll be thinking of you and Liam tomorrow, hope it all goes well. Riley and I will be up at the hospital on Friday, so if we get a chance we may pop in to say hi! Take care, Love Alli


   Donna & Stan Hooper

October 14, 2008 @   

Good luck for Wednesday Becs


   Aunty Linda & Uncle Barry

October 14, 2008 @   

Will be thinking of you tomorrow, take care.


   The Stones

October 14, 2008 @   

Our thoughts are with you Becs , everything will be fine. Give that special wee lad a big kiss and cuddle from us before surgery. xx


   Melanie Davis

October 14, 2008 @   

Hi Becs,
I’m so glad to hear you went to Kyah’s birthday. I’ve been reading her blog every day and it breaks my heart.

Will be thinking of you loads tomorrow and have crossed all fingers and toes for a positive result.

Lots of love
M&M xx


   Tusha, Iain, Max and Giana

October 14, 2008 @   

Hi Becs

Thinking of you all for tomorrow and praying that results will be clear.

Kia Kaha

Saunders-Penny Whanau


   Bridget Best

October 15, 2008 @   

thinking of you today hope it all goes well with Liam. Got my` fing


   Bridget Best

October 15, 2008 @   

sorry joel pushed the button on the computer. Got my fingers crossed for you all.

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