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12-11-2009 22:12 hour
The Johnstons ( Dargaville , New Zealand )

Well that news is all very exciting!....for us I know you still have a big journey in front of you and Big decisions to make.  The time will come when you may taste freedom again!!  Looking forward to that for you all.  And yet another hard 0decison to make over the MRI.  You continue to be an inspiration to alot of people Leigh.  I have never met anyone so strong and full of courage. 
We have had a lovely day here today.  Kody had Adam come after school for a play, needless to say our house was full of noise and action.
This morning Ben accidentally squashed Stellas hand in the wardrobe door! (The morning turned to custard from then!) It looked pretty bad but seemed to come right after about 10 minutes, we are expecting a big bruise!! 
Returning home to Whakapara will be lovely and scary for you too.  Goodluck Rory with the reintroduction of food!  and hopefully you dont have to wait long to have the hickman line removed.
Keeping the strong ones coming your way, Lots of Love Trudi and the Crew xxxxx

12-11-2009 19:28 hour
Vania ( Australia )

Hey there Rory, and your awesomely supportive family...You Did It!...and Together!...which is so wonderful!  Well done to each and every one of you and all the very best over the next couple of months.  From us all.

12-11-2009 19:02 hour
jason wendy logan and mikayla ( np )

hi there, WWWWWWWWAAAAAAAAAAHHHHHHHHHHOOOOOOOOOOO !!!!!!!!! congrats to one and all on the milestone you have reached this week. each of you deserve medals of courage not beads of courage (although they are pretty awesome beads!!!!!) this christmas is going to give you all the biggest of all gifts that is freedom from the hospital life and remission which is the biggest most precious gift of all you could have. cant wait to give you all a big huge hug at xmas - well done to you rory - we all knew that you could beat this with a huge stick and man you have done it with style and courage - and sam, mum and dad are also brave courageous and just full of determination to stick to it and be there with you all the way - you can all be very proud of your efforts and as hard as it has been for all of you these past many months - you have one very courageous wee man to show for it. love and hugs to all of you wendy jason logan and mikayla

11-11-2009 20:42 hour
Brenda

Thinkin of you all. STrong warm fuzzies comin atcha, again. Brenda

11-11-2009 17:19 hour
Jeni Gorrie ( NZ )

How awesome to hear you have finished the last of the chemo treatment Rory. I guess it won't feel like it until you feel much better. Hopefully that will happen quickly (after the antibiotics) with so many people sending their positive thoughts to you. I, like everyone else, look so forward to the day when I hear that you are strong and happy like the boy that stole our hearts so long ago. You can do it buddy, you may never be quite the same, you'll be even better!
Leigh, Sean, and Sam, hold tight to the stories with happy endings, they do happen. Much love, Jeni.

11-11-2009 12:01 hour
julie williams ( Whangarei )

hi all you guys, think about you every day. You are all doing what you need to do for each other and doing so well keeping strong through real tough times. The photo of the bean bag movie theatre is super. Might have to try it sometime with my boys. Zane and I are getting ready for his school camp at gulf harbour from Nov 23 for 5 days. They have heaps planned including 2 city days.Think adults will be more tired than the kids! Keep bing strong for a wee bit longer then you have a northland summer to enjoy.

11-11-2009 09:26 hour
jane c ( Whangarei )

hi Rory... so good to pass the milestone of the last vincristin... i celebrate that with you... hopefully your days of being a pincushion are numbered...you will have to go to Mardi Gras when you are doing your OE and get into trouble with all those beads...
We have been away to Taupo for a wedding over the weekend and the girls had fun on the luge (or however you spell it) and mountainbiking in the redwoods (i didn't hire a bike as they don't have a motorised version...but i did have a blat around the course on Willow's one - just a touch small)
came home to shorn sheep (they are not enjoyiing this cold snap!) and a very happy poodle...hope that stinkyblood bug is vanquished quickly and life without hospital can begin again soon!   

10-11-2009 20:13 hour
The Johnstons ( Dargaville , New Zealand )

Well hello there!  Yep cancer sucks.  What you all have to go through stinks, and nobody should ever have to endure it. 
Cool for Sam and Sean having a night out, it will be good company.  The lastest photos are pretty neat.  We especially like the one of Rory and Sam in the sharks mouth!  It looks so real!  And Sam and Sean look like they are taking part in an Olympic dolphin diving race!!  Good action shot Leigh! 
Kody has managed to lose his latest pair of jandals aaarrrggghhhh! Did I mention I bought Kody some lime green shoelaces?? and Ben some springy elastic ones.   They think they are pretty cool.  They put out a message at school for everyone to check for his lost jandals.  They where really cool too,  green with raised Dragons on the soles! I am holding out getting anymore! 
Well I hope you are feeling better tomorrow and they dont have to poke and prod you too much!  Rest well,  sending loads of love and the extras your way.  Trudi and the Crew xxxxx

09-11-2009 20:22 hour
Kathryn Milich ( Dargaville )

Hi dee hi Gardiners, tonight I have come out in the cold with Jamie for a driving lesson and access to a computer at work!!  I have been missing your website and daily updates terribly.  I wish you were feeling better Rory and if there is anything we can send your way to help with the boredom please get mum to txt us and we will see what we can do!!!  Well Korie still hasn't had a chance to use his builders belt properly - the fence is taking a bit longer than I had realised it would, and hopefully there will be a chance to bang some nails in this weekend for Korie.  Everyone keeps telling me good things take time, so remember that Rory, being well is a good thing so I guess that will take time!  Jamie was totally peeved off when I told her that your playstation was stolen, when she was in hospital someone stole her phone!!!  I'd like to give them a good old boot up the you know what!!!  We stayed out at the bach on Saturday night and had a small fire on the beach and let off our fireworks, it was a bit windy but Korie and Gordon built a great fire to keep us warm.  We were having a nice time with nana and grandad Morrison when suddenly Korie decided he wanted to go in, turns out that he had burnt his finger on his sparkler and didn't tell us straight away, he was a bit upset.  Kody came to Kories rescue today at school, Korie had jumped off part of the obsticle course and landed badly on his foot (it was so sore he cried) and he said that Kody helped him back to class (good on ya Kody) Korie missed swimming lessons last week because he had a cold, I figured snotty noses and swimming lessons shouldn't be in the same sentence let alone a swimming pool!!!!!  Ewwwww!!!!  Korie tried his hand a gardening on the weekend and made a succulent garden and repotted lots of other plants then we put up the small tent and tried the old 'catch a bird in a crate' game!!  However no birds were caught in our back yard on the weekend.  They came very close and even ate bread right outside the tent door in front of Korie!!!  He was rather peeved after about half an hour and gave up.  Looking out later all the bread under the crate was gone!!!  Clever birds!!!  Keep on keeping on Rory, you are all such an inspiration.  Love , hugs, and wellness your way.  Kathryn and Co xox

08-11-2009 21:08 hour
The Johnstons ( Dargaville , New Zealand )

Bummer about the playstation!  I agree with Brenda some people are very selfish!  Sorry to hear you are back on the ward Rory.  Its very easy for us to think Yay!  last round done and dusted, but poor you have to deal with all the side effects from it all.  Keep on truckin guys.  You are all AMAZING!  Nana Seymour came home tonight from a bus trip to a Rhododendron safari thingy?!  in New Plymouth!  She brought home some cool pens with rugby balls and kiwis on the end and when you press them to write they light up.  Stella got a Kiwi which makes a Kiwi sound when you press it.  All were happy.
The Friday night Bistro was fun.  Kody looked very evil!  Nikki (my Sister)  gave him a white face with blood around his eyes and Black eyebrows and hair!!  He looked very different!  Ben was a fireman complete with a sooty face and Stella was a tired grumpy fairy! Ben took out the prize for best dressed Boy (A crunchie bar) there were lots of kids all looking very scary (winning girl was a mummy with a fake half hanging hand!)  We sat in our car to watch the fireworks so we stayed warm because it got FREEZING!  It has taken 3 shampoos to remove all of the black face paint in Kodys hair!
Yesterday we went to visit Brians Brother, Rodney and his wife Megan in Whangarei.  Megan is a very good photographer and she lets the kids play with some digital cameras!  At the bottom of their yard they have a phesant come to visit every afternoon.  The kids got to feed it and listened to it swark. 
Tonight they are all very tired and tucked up in bed.  I hope you have a better night tonight.  Sending healing, infection fighting goodies wrapped in love your way Love from the 5 of Us xxxxx