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12-09-2009 20:38 hour
Vania Hamlin ( Australia )

Gday Rory, keep on swimming keep on swimming... you and your family are doing so amazingly well and we are all thinking of you all each day. 
William and Eva had their school concert which I videoed.  We were thrilled to see after playing the video back, the cross country two years ago...and you were on there!!!  There was also Zack and Alex and heaps of other boys that William went to school with at DPS. 
Thinking of you all xx

12-09-2009 14:57 hour
Susan Sadler ( Houston, TX , USA )

Hello Rory and family! I happened upon your website, and have walked in your shoes. We lost our wonderful, sweet, goofy son Zach to Medulloblastoma in January of 2008. Zach had many, many complications and was almost completely immobile for 15 months.  This is not typical, and I hope and pray that Rory will beat this beast as many children do.
I was Zach's primary caretaker (his Dad had to work and we had to send our 2 year old daughter 850 miles away to live with my sister). Zach was trached, had a g-tube, could not speak, and for the most part, could not move. It is so very hard to do on your own. Looking back now, though, I would give anything to be able to do it again, having Zach recover. Take a little time for yourself whenever you can. I wish I could be in NZ to help!
Anyway, just wanted you to know that strangers from the USA are praying for your son's recovery and for strength for you.
Susan Sadler, Mom to Zach, forever 16

11-09-2009 11:17 hour
Zackary ( Dargaville , NZ )

To? Rory
Thank? you?? for? my? cup? and? as? soon? as? sam? gave? me? it? I? used? it.

11-09-2009 11:01 hour
jane c ( Whangarei )

oh bugger off rotovirus and spewing (oops i might not be supposed to swear on here... too bloody bad)
 
i hope those new feeds are giving you some more energy now Rory... you had such a pool of energy and shine to draw from ... will keep sending you some energy in the only way i know how... hoping you feel it and feel replenished soon
Leigh, it keeps echoing around in my head what you said about wondering where you have gone... i wonder if where you have gone is into a tunnel .. you are using the strength and connection you have to "earth" all the suffering you are going through as a family... and when you come out the other side of the tunnel you will be more whole ... you are using up superhuman energy to get through this place....you haven't disappeared ... you are bigger than ever - it is just that it is dark where you are at the moment and you just can't see so well...
 
arohanui     

11-09-2009 10:03 hour
Kalisha,Michaela and Brody M ( Dargaville Primary School , New Zealand )

Hello Rory,
We know you'll get through this soon,so we wish  the best. We hope you come back to school soon,as we're missing you lots. There's new people at our school. Are you bored with none of your friends around? Mrs Paterson has had her baby,and it's a girl,so Mrs Tims is taking over for her.So we wish you The Best
 Bye Bye Bye !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

11-09-2009 05:56 hour
Brenda

I'm going to sound like a broken record but ... It's another day closer to the end of treatment guys. Hip Hip Horay!!! Keep on going, keep on going. I am to go Paihia today to a media launch, I will be on a boat at Opua and they plan to go out to Urapukapuka Island and plant trees, well you know how the weather has been so glorious, yeah, not today. Apparently it is going to be blowing a strong wind today and I get terribly terribly seasick. My middle nick name in my family is Chuckie!!! I have been awake since 2am thinking about it, can't sleep so thought I would get up at 5 and pack etc. Thank goodness for make up eh! So, strong warm ones coming at ya again today guys. Thinking of ya, Brenda  

10-09-2009 09:39 hour
Auntie Teri & Uncle Graham ( Gold Coast , Australia )

Nearly there Rors!!  Think of all the fun you and Sam will have when he gets there!  Stay strong matey - big hugs and lots of love - Auntie Teri & Uncle Graham - xxxx

10-09-2009 07:58 hour
Brenda

Yeay. another new day, another day closer to the end treatment, another day closer to living a normal family life. Yeay!!! Warm, strong ones comin at ya!! Brenda

09-09-2009 21:45 hour
Denise and Miller Family ( NZ )

Hey guys, it just sounds really tough for you all. As a parent I just cannot imagine having the strength and courage you have had Leigh -and you too Sean. I feel exhausted just reading about your days. You are such a special family and I always thought that. All our love, Denise, Andrew, Brad, Lewis and ColeXXXXX

09-09-2009 20:26 hour
Matai ( Waihue )

hi rory and famiy thank you for my birthday wishes I came second in the NW xcountry, and the first DPS boy home.we send healing love to you all from the Newman-Horne's