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08:15 am: Christopher
My son Christopher is in hospital. On Thursday, his school nurse thought he looked pale, and arranged for him to see a doctor, and he was taken to hospital for tests for anaemia.
His blood count is 3 somethings. Apparently normal is around 12. The people at the hospital are amazed that he is still walking around and doing things.
No, he isn't feeling faint or sick anything: he's doing everything normally. At Easter, he was at the youth camp at Bala and participating in all the activities just the same as anyone, and yesterday was very disappointed that he wouldn't be able to go and play rounders with the rest of his youth group.
So the news from the hospital that it is most likely to be leukaemia was not quite what was expected. Viv and Debbi met me, late last night, from Chester Station and Viv told me. I don't know what to make of the news yet.
So now, everything starts. Telling people will be hard. But now you know. We need to carry on with our lives: it seems that whatever happens, it will be a slow process.

Current Mood: shockedshocked

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From:dibble60
Date:May 17th, 2008 07:40 am (UTC)

Christopher

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Ian, think it really hit me this morning, and I wanted to be with you, Viv, David and Matthew to hold you all tight, most of all I wanted to be with Chris and give him the great big hug I meant to give him yesterday and couldn't bring myself too because I thought it too presumptuous in precious family space.
Have been praying for him and all of you much of the night. I'm here if you need me.
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From:meirion
Date:May 17th, 2008 08:07 am (UTC)
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Oh no, how dreadful.

I shall be praying for all of you.
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From:ghoti
Date:May 17th, 2008 08:49 am (UTC)
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Oh no :(

I will keep you all in my prayers.
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From:mintogrubb
Date:May 17th, 2008 09:09 am (UTC)
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Our best wishes, and our prayers are with you all. at our church tommorow, we will add your names to our Prayer Requests list, if you wish.

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From:ringbark
Date:May 17th, 2008 09:17 am (UTC)
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we will add your names to our Prayer Requests list, if you wish.
Certainly. Thank you.
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From:gillyp
Date:May 17th, 2008 10:39 am (UTC)

Oh Sweetheart...

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I'm so sorry!

I second what someone else said; childhood leukaemia is, thankfully, mostly curable, but that's not to diminish the seriousness of the situation and the effect it will have on you.

I'm thinking of you all and sending out the healing vibes. Take good care. ♥
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From:natesmountain
Date:May 17th, 2008 12:00 pm (UTC)
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OMG Ian And Viv, I can't believe it. I will pray that it isn't leukaemia. I have plenty of contacts and knowledge at close hand if you have ANY questions. Finn's godfather is an oncologist and my close friend has been through this with Alex, her son.
It will take you a while to get your head around any of this. I will pray and pray *many hugs* and much love to all of you. I wish I was home. Take things very easy and slow. Write things down.

xxxxx
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From:louderback
Date:May 17th, 2008 12:40 pm (UTC)
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There is little to say that truly consoles at such a time. I offer my prayers and promise to keep Christopher in my thoughts.
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From:lilagrubb
Date:May 17th, 2008 01:38 pm (UTC)
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Sorry to hear that. I will be praying for you, Viv and Christopher.
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From:jiggery_pokery
Date:May 17th, 2008 06:20 pm (UTC)
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Meg and I send our warmest thoughts to you and all your family.
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From:ibid
Date:May 17th, 2008 07:30 pm (UTC)
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No not good. However as you will have heard childhood leukemia is on the curable side. Prayers and good wishes *hug*
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From:suburban_ennui
Date:May 17th, 2008 08:03 pm (UTC)
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Don't really know what to say, other than my thoughts and prayers are with you. Hang in there.
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From:dust_bowl_blues
Date:May 18th, 2008 11:50 pm (UTC)
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Ian, I'm very sorry to hear the news. I know from reading your journal that you have a close, loving family. I'm certain that this bond will give you all strength to get through this.

--Mike
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