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Saturday, January 8, 2011

That light at the end of the tunnel

Sorry I haven't updated you in so long. Oscar has been having his weekly chemo treatments throughout Christmas and the New Year and is doing extremely well. He was also on a strong steroid which changed his personality somewhat and has kept us busy and challenged with his teenage emotional outburst that at times have been violent and difficult to manage. In the last week he has withdrawn from the steroid which was increadibly challenging but the main thing is he has been healthy and whole throughout the treatment.

We are incredibly grateful not to have been in hospital over the holiday season when all the facilities such as the cafes are closed down and I can't imagine how hard it would be to survive in there without these basic facilities. To all those families who were in there for christmas I have no doubt the staff did something special for you and hope that it is the only Christmas you ever spend there. Thanks to all the staff and various charities who generously gave us a hamper and some Christmas presents for the boys. It made going to clinic during this time special and distracted us from the long waits.

Tomorrow Oscar has a lumber puncture followed by a 6 hour drip of chemo, provided his blood results are good to go. This is a hard day and Oscar has got to a stage where he is starting to try to pull the drips out of himself and challenging everything, including medication. I completely understand - he's been such a trooper. This is the last 6 hour drip so we will be pleased to get it finished and move on.

Please send us your loving thoughts filled with light and healing for tomorrow. Its a long day but we are getting closer and closer to the end of the intensive phase of treatment. Only two more weeks to go. Oscar is healthy and strong and we can see and feel the light that we have been desperately seeking at the end of that tunnel. I will ensure to update you tomorrow.

Thanks again to everyone for your support and we hope 2011 is a wonderful year for you and all your families.

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