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

09-09-2009 17:01 hour
Jeni Gorrie ( Dargaville , nz )

Wow, Leigh I can't say that I know how you feel, I can only send love and hope that the road gets easier for you all. One thing that comes to mind as I read your entries is a friend of mine who was diagnosed as terminal 10 yrs ago. She has been through the things that Rory is going through, and yes she is still with us. I understand Rory has a good chance that with treatment he can beat this, and you, as a family are fighting with him which is so important. My friend was never given the possibility of recovery and yet she has fought this for 10 yrs (that in itself is winning). The bit that may be helpful to you at this time is the fact that we thought we might loose her more than once, not from the cancer but from the treatments!. One time in particular she even said she was aware that she could decide to 'go' but chose to try again. I have seen her body waste away to skin on bone and not be able to walk from the couch to the coffee table (2feet). She recovered yet again and her body rebuilt itself to a point where her body weight was healthier than she'd been in her life. As hard as it is to muster that strength and positive energy when you've been immersed in it for this long - have faith that the human body can rebuild itself even when all odds are against it. Rory will need everyone to keep the mental determination up for him while he is weak, and so will you Sean and Sam. I'm so glad you've allowed so many people to enter the fight with you because I really believe it all helps. My friend declined further chemo because it wasn't going to cure her (the doctors said this), and she pursued other treatments with varying results, which I'd be happy to talk to you about if you want any info after Rory has finished his treatment at hospital. I feel guilty saying 'keep strong and determined' when I'm sitting here with my own things around me and my kids are healthy, but it really is the only way.
Kia kaha, kia kaha, kia Jeni.

09-09-2009 16:24 hour
Heni ( Waipoua , NZ )

Kiaora Rory  
You can do it little man!!! and playing with lego is a good way to play while you are waiting. How's your Star Wars collection coming along and have you collected any more beads yet?. Hi to Sam,Sean and LeeB. Kia Kaha Kia Maia Kia U Whanau.
Arohanui Heni xxxoxxooooooxxxx

09-09-2009 16:17 hour
Trudi Johnston ( Dargaville , New Zealand )

Keep on truckin Rory!  You can do it!!
Kody had today off school he has not been able to shake his cough so now he is on antibiotics.  Yesterday was Keas and they had a trip to the fire station, I honestly thought Kody would be too old for that but we had a blast!  They hooked up one of the fire hoses and all the kids got to have a hold,  they sprayed water onto passing cars, the Fire Station and parked cars!!! Then we all got to have a ride in the Fire Truck!! (I was probably the most excited about this!!!) Kody and I were in the back with Adam, Sage Matthew, Hayden and Kelly and in the front was Kiyvarn with his Nana and by golly it was fun!  We drove past our house with the siren going and the lights flashing Nana, Ben and Stella were outside.  Ben was so excited he forgot he was standing on the picnic table and fell off!! Fortunatly he did not hurt himself!  On Saturday (weather permitting) is the trip to the Aero Club for a 15minute aeroplane ride!! (Kody doesnt want me to go...I think I may be a bit embarrassing when I get excited!)  And if its any consolation I have slept with one eye open my entire life!  Mum and Dad and Brian always get a kick out of telling people this when we are out!
Leigh will you need help on your next trip home to pack?? let me know and we can organise a team!!...If you want!
Sending Love, Hugs, Strength, Happiness, Wellness and Sleep your way, The Johnstons xxxxx

09-09-2009 14:55 hour
jane c ( whangarei )

you can do this Rory
just one step at a time....not much we can do apart from will you on... and we are willing you on...
sending love and strength to you Leigh and Sean and Sam

09-09-2009 12:35 hour

yet again, words fail me, all I can think of is "Keep on swimming." Heaps and heaps and heaps of strength coming your way from me, Warm Fuzzies. Brenda

08-09-2009 17:44 hour
jane c ( Whangarei )

Hi you guys... man some huge changes and that they are made you will be able to breathe a bit more... i can't imagine how exhausting it must be racing backward and forwards while your heart is so torn... if there is anything we can do, please ask....
Rory you are doing such a great job of getting through this hard stuff - so glad those pigeons are giving you something warm and full of life to hold - if you ever want us to bring our smelly poodle down for a cuddle just say the word... Eila was home from school with a bit of a bug today and she and i took the poodle for a walk and the cat came too - through the mud and gorse and he was so pooped 20 minutes later that he fell asleep under the first tree we got to inside our gate
glad you liked the lego - no bowling the nurses over with it ok?
love jane and whanau

08-09-2009 11:57 hour
Heni ( Waipoua , Nz )

Kiaora Rory and Lee b,
I heard about the move and selling of the house and i think it's a premo idea that you guy's will be altogether in RM house. Just to let you know i saw Sean yesterday and gave a big wave and beeped the horn to him as i was driving past yesterday down town. All my luv to you guy's.

08-09-2009 09:04 hour
julie williams ( Whangarei )

HI Leigh. My thoughts are with you all at this time. Know that lots of people are sending you their love and best wishes and we know that by summer you can spend family time together to regroup and recover. You are so strong and brave.

08-09-2009 05:50 hour

Tangowahine Tales
Well the two new lambs have settled in rather well. I hate to admit it and didn't want to but 'kindness killed Guts'. I overdid the feeding thing and was feeding him incorrectly (apparently you have to feed them at low level and not tip the bottle up otherwise it doesn't all end up in their tummies). After we got the two new lambs he just got woeful and gave up. Didn't want to admit it, but the truth always comes out. So after asking lots of questions of people who have reared lambs I found out what not to do and the right way of doing things so am aiming to be successful with these little lambies. At least they have only been inside twice!!! People are learning to keep the doors shut despite keeping the lambs out, shut doors keep the warmth in!! 
Hard decisions for you guys, but good on you for putting family first. I hope that you keep up the website so that we can follow how you are doing, and keep sending you our strength, positive thoughts and warm fuzzies. Leigh you are doing really well, as a mother, it is amazing where you find strength. Brenda