07-08-2009 16:59 hour
Lorraine HUTCHINSON ( Whangarei , New Zealand )

A message for Leigh.  I think it would be fair to say you are a very strong woman Leigh.  Upon reading your honest and heartfelt update of yesterday, 6th August, it is clear that leaving Rory this time, even though he is in good hands was hard for you.  The blessing is that both your sons, Sam and Rory have been blessed with awesome parents in yourself and Sean.  I wish you all strength and love, Lorraine Hutchinson.       

07-08-2009 09:30 hour
Kathryn Milich ( Dargaville )

Hi there Rory, I hear that you are not feeling too great at the moment but thats because there's quite a battle going on inside your precious body for now and we know that the good guys always win, so keep up the great work.  I purchased my first Kia Kaha Rory band today and am wearing it at work.  Korie really liked the visit to the Kauri Museum yesterdday and was lucky enough to see the photo of his great, great grandfather hanging on the wall.  His name was Nick Yakas and he discovered the Yakas tree in the Waipoua Forest.  When you are feeling better I thought it would be a great idea if we all got together to do a walk to visit the Yakas tree, I was heavily pregnant with Korie when I last went there and Korie has never even seen it!  Your family could teach mine a lot about the Waipoua environment and it would be a lot of fun.  Well Korie has been having a reaction to something (not sure what) but for 2 nights in a row he has been scratching like a flea riddled dog!  I think he is having a reaction to all the pollen in the air.  Oooops its time for me to be at work so take care champ lots of love, hugs and wellness to you buddy Kathryn xox

06-08-2009 21:22 hour
Trudi Johnston ( Dargaville , New Zealand )

Today Rory your class went to the Matakohe Museum,  as we were getting off the bus you were on my mind (wishing you were there too!) and we heard a Tui singing away perched right at the top of a Tree (I think it was a Kauri tree!!) at the entrance to the Museum.  I thought immedialty of the Tuis that were singing outside your hospital room!  I have a few photos to show you of the trip and will try to get them to Mum before she comes back down. We went to the 100 year old School House and it was FREEEZZZING!!! They told us about what they wore to school how they got to and from school and what they did at school.  One of the math sums on the board was something like 356 + 962 + 473 = !!!!!! There was a fireplace in the classroom (Not going!) No electricity and if any of the children got in too much trouble the teacher had to cane them!!! (ask Dad if he every got the cane!!) Girls were given the Strap if they were bad (Ask Mum about that one!) The Museum was HUGE they had lots of Kauri Gum with insects stuck in them, Necklaces made from Gum, and even some Kauri Gum HAIR!!! There was one room that was filled with Kauir Gum everywhere you looked! They had lots of maniquins (pretend people) in displays showing us how they lived and worked.  They even climbed Kauri trees with spiked boots and cut into the tree to make it bleed  gum then went back 6 months later to take the gum and sell it.  You are not allowed to do this anymore! You probably know more than the average person about Kauri trees...with your Mum and Dad involved in this area!
The ride home was pretty hot, it was a beautiful day and the sun shined all day.  One of the parents overtook the bus on the way home and tooted so the bus driver tooted back, the bus horn got  stuck for a while, that was pretty funny!! and on the way there a cow ran in front of the Bus! All up it was a very good day. Maybe when you are all better we could do it all again? I could learn a thing or two from your Mum and Dad!
It sounds like your having a bit of a rough time :( and that stinks!  Know that we are sending our love and strength to help you out.  Keep Strong bud. xxxxx The Johnstons xxxxx          
P.S We are off to buy some Rory bands tomorrow...Kody really really really wants one!!!

06-08-2009 18:47 hour
Mandy Mcgregor ( Shanghai , China )

Hi Rory, hi Leigh, Sean & Sam. Hang in there guys, your strength and courage is immense, and we are all sending you energy and support thru this super-tough time.  Rory, keep your chin up, you are a legend buddy, and I want some bracelets!.
Mands x

06-08-2009 12:45 hour

Just been to school and got me a Rory bracelet, half the girls at work are wearing them now too!!! Kia Kaha Rory Brenda

05-08-2009 09:49 hour
Auntie Teri & Uncle Graham ( Gold Coast , Australia )

Hey Rory - you are doing so well matey!!  Grannie told us that at one point you were telling the doctors and nurses to hurry up and get on with it - keep 'em on their toes!  Take care Rory and can't wait to see you all.  Hope you get to escape soon.  Lots of love and hugs - Auntie Teri and Uncle Graham - xxxx 

04-08-2009 22:55 hour
Trudi Johnston ( Dargaville , New Zealand )

Hey there dudes!  Sorry your not feeling too good Rory we are all thinking of you lots and sending our good warm healing thoughts your way.  I bet Mum and Dad are starting to look a bit haggered too!  Thank goodness Dad is nice and tall so he could hold up the stem cell package!! (does he come with wheels like the hospital stands??)
Thisafternoon Kody went along to Keas again, we diddnt take Ben or Stella they stayed at home with Nana and this was the one week they needed a extra person (Ben would have been very handy!!) so a parent had to step in.  They did the special Kea March around the hall had a very fun game of sticks and a ball that they had to play one on one, were only allowed to hit the ball with the sticks and try to get it in a goal.  It was very funny to watch and got all the kids nice and warm.  They then paired off into four groups and rotated around different activities.  They had to try and pick up lollies with chopsticks!!(chopstick challenge) build a tower (like a jenga blocks tower) with coloured matchsticks(stick tower), throw a ball into different sized baskets (tennis ball throwing) and skittles(bean bag bowling). All the kids enjoyed it.  This morning we decided to walk to school Kody and Ben took off running and I ran to catch up, they thought it was a bit of a game so ran faster!!! Once I managed to barge past them (huffing and puffing!) Ben started to cry and complain about sore feet!!!!!! (he just diddnt like his Mum, pushing a pram winning!!)
Your class is getting ready for a trip to the Kauri Museum in Matakohe on Thursday, I am going along as a parent help. Thank goodness there is not enough room on the bus for adults so we get to travel by car!! (not so good on Buses)  Will keep you informed on how that goes!!
Well I hope you get to go to the RMcD  house for a while.  I bet you are pretty sick of the hospital room.  Got any photos of Mum and Dad in their gowns and masks?? Take care and sleep well.  Lots of love from The Johnston Family xxxxxx

04-08-2009 21:20 hour
Jeni Gorrie ( Dargaville , NZ )

Hi Rory, I'm sorry you are feeling so sick with the treatments you're having. You are so brave, and have every right to feel annoyed with it all. It will be a great help to your body to have kept up the exercise while you were home, it's awesome that your Mum, Dad, Sam, and you all keep having these amazing outdoor adventures even when the going is tough. Caid thinks you are great and is even a bit shy of you because you're so cool! We are sending you all the help we can gather in our thoughts. Jeni, Trev, Caid, Lily, Ethan and Jacob Gorrie.

04-08-2009 19:32 hour

Rory, hang in there, your doing great, keep up the good work. Thinking of you all, best wishes and positive vibes, Brenda

04-08-2009 17:59 hour
juliet hudson ( sydney , australia )

Hi Leigh, this is your cousin Juliet here. I've been reading your blog since it started. Thank you for keeping us updated with your daily diary. It's such a brave and  great thing to do. It certainly reminds me to be more in the moment with my own children (ruby 4, charlotte 2) and to love every detail of their lives. I wish you, Rory and the rest of your family and friend all the courage and faith you need to see this through to the and hugs Juliet