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

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

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

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