Tuesday, 24 April 2012

Full Circle

About 9 years ago our gorgeous boy Kenzie went into hospital to have a routine operation to remove a polyp from his left ear.

It turned out to be a tumour.

Our lives were turned upside down in an instant and we entered a world we never knew existed...

After investigation the doctors discovered not one but many tumours - all over his skull. 

Kenzie had 6 months of intensive chemotherapy and the following year was given the all clear. We had big party (and another baby!)

Then it came back. 

And this time the doctors discovered it was not only in his bones but also in his pituitary gland, bone marrow and possibly elsewhere. 

Kenzie then had 12 (long) months of chemotherapy and spent many (many!) weeks in and out of hospital, missing his first year of school.

9 years later, I feel able to say he is well! He's one of the kindest boys you could meet. And SO funny. We love him very much.

When he was 2 we were told his odds of survial were 50/50 and it felt like the end of the world. I now know how lucky we were. 

I know others are not so lucky, and I know some people reading this know someone who is going through the nightmare, or is living it themselves. My thoughts really are with you - and although there's nothing else I can do to help I hope that picture of our happy boy with his cherry buns makes you smile.

Tomorrow Kenzie is going into hospital for a routine operation... to patch up the hole in his left ear.

It feels like full circle.
fee x

45 comments:

  1. Good luck, Kenzie. Hugs to everyone. xx

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  2. Hi,
    This brought a tear to my eye and also a massive smile. He is a beauty and the goodness seems to shine in that lovely face. Nice cheeky pose! I do love a cheeky face.
    I can't imagine what you went through, but I am so happy to see him well.
    Thanks for sharing. xxx

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  3. Good luck to Kenzie - hope all goes well xxx

    You look such a cheeky young man with that huge smile and what you're doing with those buns ;)

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  4. ahh I can back you up on that...he is indeed lovely, kind, funny and a very good influence on our #1 Good luck Kenzie x x x x x x x x

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  5. Yes and yes .... a great post and Kenzie's pic did bring a smile to my face ......very emotive but super pleased that kenzie is doing so well now. after this post of yours I've decided I'm going to have a no moan week!!!

    Amanda :-)

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  6. Oh Kenny, lovely Kenny, this world (and my life) is brighter for having you in it.

    Love your boobies!!!! Cheeky boy!

    Good luck with your lughole.

    xxx

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  7. Wowee Kenzie, what a heartbreaker you're going to be (even with that nice pair of buns)!! Lots and lots of luck tomorrow.

    To you and your precious family Fee, a huge hug.

    To the cruel and random twist of fate that made your lives a living nightmare for years, the middle finger.

    Hxx

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  8. Kenzie is gorgeous. He is such a fighter, what a tough little boy. You have certainly been through the mill. My eyes were all glassy reading this - I can't imagine what you went though as a family, but it's what makes you all stronger.
    Much love. xx x x x x x x x x

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  9. Oh Fee! I had no idea - I'm late to this party. I am so over-the-moon happy for you, Sweetheart, that Kenzie is so well. No wonder you're so grateful. Sending you a huge Hobart ♥ J x

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  10. Kenzie's gorgeously cheeky pic brought a smile to my face but your story brought a tear to my eye. He is just the same age as my little man. Good luck and all the best for tomorrow. M x

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  11. What a handsome lad. :)
    Best wishes for tomorrow, you're a star!

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  12. I can't begin to imagine the despair and the joy you must all have felt during those few years of treatment and finally getting the all clear. My partner's eldest son died at the age of 5 from neuroblastoma. I never met him, but he will always be a part of our lives, not least because he will forever be my children's eldest brother.

    Good luck Kenzie, you've done well mate!

    xXx Helen

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  13. Wishing Kenzie all the best with the operation. Parents too.
    Love the cherry buns!!
    Anne xx

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  14. What a heartbreaker he's going to be with that cheeky grin and twinkle in his eye!
    What courage and bravery you all must have found to get through it xx

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  15. What is a mother to do with such a sweet boy like this...and to think there are two others. Best to you and sweet Kenzie. Keep us posted on how it goes. Smiles...Renee

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  16. Wow...what an amazing survivor! Kenzie has the face of someone with a heart of gold too... he looks so funny with his cup-cakes...Good luck tomorrow... I'm sure it will be fine and give you and Kenzie 'closure' in more ways then one! Big hugs to you all, Jill x

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  17. oh my goodness, what a heart wrenching story, you have all been through so much.
    Just from the photo i can see what a beautiful person Kenzie is, I will be thinking of him and all of you tomorrow. Good luck x
    Nice buns kenzie ;o)
    love jooles x

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  18. Oh boy, stressful times once again. Hopefully though, this one will be short lived! Thinking of you all! :-)

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  19. Sending thoughts to Kenzie and you all for his op. Thank god he came through it all. What a very special boy x x x

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  20. What a beautiful boy! And ~ Yes, that photo with his cherry buns did indeed make me smile. Why do boys always feel the need to do rude things? My son is 9 and that is exactly the sort of thing that he gets up to! Wishing you all the luck in the world for his hospital appointment tomorrow :O)xx

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  21. Good luck Kenzie!
    Love and hugs to all xxx

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  22. Gorgeous boy - many hearts will be broken in years to come :) good luck for tomorrow
    Victoria xx

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  23. All the best for tomorrow Kenzie.......love the buns! xxxx

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  24. Lovely buns sweetie pie! Fee my darling, whether you believe in them or not, Kenzie's angel has stayed with him ;) I'm lost for words really, I think you have a beautiful family. When pain hits us it's how we cope that gets us through it, and your gorgeous Kenzie has coped well beyond his years. xx

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  25. What a brave little boy and family. I cannot begin to imagine how terrifying that must be. I'm so glad that you have all come full circle and I will pray that this operation goes well and he will be out to enjoy the summer with his family.

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  26. Oh bless you all, all the best for tomorrow, great buns Kenzie!

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  27. Oh my goodness me, I cannot begin to imagine how you all must have felt, you are all very brave. Good luck tomorrow Kenzie, your buns look as gorgeous as you do! X

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  28. Oh my days I actually cried. Kenzie is a very handsome young man and is a true survivor. Good luck for the operation my thoughts are with you all x

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  29. You have such a gorgeous family Fee, so glad it was a happy ending for you all. Good luck Kenzie for your op tomorrow, love the pic, so cheeky! xx

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  30. Nice Buns Kenzie hope all goes well tomorrow. X

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  31. You have been through so much and I am so glad that this ordeal for you and your family ended happily. Kenzie looks such a lovely boy....and has that true boyish sense of humour I see....love the cheeky cherry buns!
    Wishing Kenzie good luck tomorrow, hope it's soon over and goes well. I will be thinking of you all tomorow, Fee.
    Helen x

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  32. Nice buns!! All the best for tomorrow. xxx

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  33. Good luck for Kenzie.......love for you....xxx..

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  34. Good luck Kenzie x

    Fee, I had my own brush with the whole 50/50 thing. I was actually really lucky, that time they were just plain wrong, but boy do I know how it feels to hear those words. I felt like I didn't dare breath out again for years. So the hugest hugs to all of you from someone who can maybe guess how it's been x

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  35. Love your buns Kenzie! Hope tomorrow goes well! Give your Mum a big hug from me! xxxxx

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  36. Kenzie I think you may regret the buns pic in a few years time!!
    Fee - no words, just a great big hug.

    Will be thinking of you tomorrow.xx

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  37. A boy with a grin that big and a fine pair of buns has the world at his feet. Will be thinking of you all tommorow.

    Loads of love to you Lisa X

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  38. My heart is with you all....your boy is darling! I can tell he has his mother's sense of humour! Extra hugs for tomorrow. xoxo

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  39. Haha, don't use the old trick of 'can't hear you' just because you are getting the hole fixed. I wish you well and hope it doesn't hurt too much. Gosh Fi I can't begin to imagine how distraught and worn out you must have felt for those years whilst this was all going on. Your boys are gorgeous and have good hearts and great humour.
    xx Sandi

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  40. My heart goes out to you all ... especially your lovely, cheeky boy! xxx

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  41. I am all teared up now...bless Kenzie...this is a very big moment, will it help to put some 'closure' to the trauma of it all? I do so hope so...

    Thinking of you all
    Sarah -x-

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  42. What a beautifully cheeky boy good luck and big hugs x x

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  43. Hope everything goes okay. I can't imagine what you have all gone through.

    Fleur xx

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  44. Thinking of you today and hope Kenzie is okay and the op was a success. Another big hug from me to you xx

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  45. I am so glad Kenzie is well. I know what you went though. I lost my lovely son James at the age of 17 six years ago and watching him suffer in hospital was unbearable. I received my very lovely cube from you today which was the love cube and James' name (along with his lovely brother Dan) on the bottom. I love it and will cherish it! xx

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fee x