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 239 – Friday 12th December 2008

Filed under: 1 — Rebecca at 2:59 pm on Friday, December 12, 2008

The week has gone by quickly, not too much happening, but Liam and I went to see Charles Davis (surgeon extraordinaire)  today over in Lower Hutt.  He is still pleased with Liam’s progress but thinks there may be a slight infection in the eye which explains the “gunk”.  Certainly nothing to be concerned about, and I just need to make sure it is clean.  I would expect it to have come from scratching his eye with his grubby 8 year old boy fingernails.  His eye is still too far back (or forward, can’t rememeber) but it can stay that way as it is not causing him any problems.  Charles also mentioned that he had done another very similar surgery last week on a 14 month old who also has a very rare type of tumour.  Hopefully this is just a coincidence and these “rare” tumours are not going to become common.  It really makes you wonder what is going on in the environment….

Only 13 days till Christmas and I must admit I am such a grinch.  The kids love it but ever since losing Matt Christmas has sort of been a bit sour for me.  He used to get quite excited about it all and loved setting up food and beer for Santa (only cause he got to drink and eat it!), putting flour on the floor and making footprints from the fireplace to the tree and leaving raisins on the floor as reindeer poo.  He was always first up in the morning making a great big cooked breakie, and really without him here it is a difficult day.  We are spending it this year at my sisters place and will probably head into Wellington to Steve for the evening stopping in at the Toddies on the way. 

The weather here is absolutely stunning, but it is getting very hot at nights and despite leaving the windows open it is very hard to sleep.  Maybe that is why I am so grumpy at the moment, I won’t be sorry to see the end of 2008, it hasn’t turned out to be such a good year.  Roll on 2009.

Was just reminded of a quote that a friend gave me after Matt passed away

“In life there will always be sunshine and always be rain, you just need to remember to look for rainbows” author unknown.

Perhaps I should stop being so grumpy and look at the good things in my life!

Well better get back to whatever it is I am supposed to be doing!


p.s. Just in case someone notices I have modified the day numbers by 4 days to bring them in line with the time we have actually been travelling this journey.



   Lea White

December 12, 2008 @   

I’m sure 2009 will be a much better year!

Hugs to you all!

Lea White


   Bridget Bazalo

December 12, 2008 @   

Hi Becs,
Yes have to agree we will be having a Drink on New Years Eve 2008, and looking forward to saying good bye to a very difficult year,we will look forward to 2009 its going to be soooooo much better!!We have a Spanish Boy staying from Barcelona Michelle met him on the Spirit of NZ.
Busy time for all, doing extra hours in the salon.
Hope to see you soon,
Best Regards,
Bridget Bazalo



December 14, 2008 @   

Thats ok about spending christmas with your sister – she is a very cool person! I think many people will be kicking this year out the door and we wish you, Liam and Ashleigh a damn fine 2009.
“The fuzzies”


   Paula and family

December 15, 2008 @   

2008 has been a pretty horrid year so it will get better. Have an awesome Christmas and New Year and may the new year fairy be very very good to you!

luv Paula, Rog, Maddie and Jaime

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