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Sunday, 9 January 2011

Hope (plus update on Sonny, 3)

Hope by Friedrich von Schiller
We speak with the lip, and we dream in the soul,
Of some better and fairer day;
And our days, the meanwhile, to that golden goal
Are gliding and sliding away.
Now the world becomes old, now again it is young,
But "The better" 's forever the word on the tongue.

At the threshold of life hope leads us in--
Hope plays round the mirthful boy;
Though the best of its charms may with youth begin,
Yet for age it reserves its toy
Update on Sonny (3)

Sonny on 5th January 2011. He can't always raise a smile like this!
Sonny has had his first course of chemotherapy successfully. He is beginning to loose his lovely thick black hair. He has good days and not-so-good days but the medical staff are pleased with his progress so far. His second round of chemotherapy will begin as soon as he is recovered from the first one. The support of family and friends and various children's charities has been wonderful and we are so thankful and grateful.
The Facebook group has now passed 300 members: Supporting Sonny Through Lymphoma 


Kate said...

I'm so happy to hear that he's making progress. What a difficult time for you and your family. You are in my thoughts and prayers. I pray that Sonny continues to improve and that you and your family keep the strength to continue giving your love and support to him through this difficult time. Both are very challenging places be.

What a smile!

THE SNEE said...

I really like the poem you selected to go with this post. Sonny must be a remarkable child because his smile is radiant and his eyes sparkling even with the chemo. I think about you and your family often Bazza, and continue to wish Sonny a speedy recovery.

The Blogger Formerly Known As said...

Glad to hear Sonny is making good progress, Bazza, thanks for keeping us updated.

Chemotherapy’s never fun, but it won’t last forever.

Keep the reports coming :)

joanne rose said...

oh my, that smile... how many smiles we all smile in a lifetime and how many we fail to notice, either our own or of those we love... and yet now with all Sonny and you as his family are enduring, that smile... that smile.. is everything...

thank you for your updates here. no longer at facebook so i really appreciate your letting us be a part of your journey together here and offer our words and hearts in loving support for Sonny, and for your family... yay Sonny... one round down!!!


bazza said...

The quiz answers have now been posted!

Kate: The smile is getting less frequent but it has real radiance when it appears.

Snee: Your comments are much appreciated. Thank you.

Mask: The whole family is taking a positive outlook and we know that all things must pass.

joanne: You do write the most delightful things for which I thank you. I hope your own health is good at present.
I also look at but do not post anything on Facebook these days.

John Saunders said...

Glad to hear that Sonny is making progress bazza.
The poem is truly moving.
My thoughts are with you and your family,

bazza said...

John: Thank you John. Please know that your support is very important to us all.

Kelly said...

In the picture, he looks to be in good spirits. Cute kid. It sad he has to go through that hell. I've got a young cousin who went through chemo for his cancer. He lost a lot. Hair. Weight. Some faith. Some hope. But he kept going. He's a fighter. Today, he is almost back to normal- healthwise. I'm glad Sonny is making progress and hope he keeps making it.

David said...

Dear bazza,
A lovely, suitable poem to go with this update on Sonny.
One can only "hope" that things will turn out OK. In fact, I'm sure that they will.
With Very Best Wishes to you and your family,

klahanie said...

Hi bazza,
Like David has noted the poem is most apt to accompany the update on Sonny.
Here's wishing that Sonny continues to progress though these most challenging of times.
With much respect, Gary.

bazza said...

Kelly, David and Gary: Thanks for all of your encouraging words. 'Hope' is strong at the moment.

kerrie said...

Thankyou for sharing your blog it a gentle reminder of what is precious and important in life. I hope things get better for you and your family.

bazza said...

Kerrie: Yep, it ceertainly puts things in perspective and what I've learned is:
1) Which things are important in life.
2) Who the familie's real fiends are.
3) How you can never really know someone until a 'test' comes along.
Thanks for your kind words.

Alicia said...

Continuing to hold Sonny (and you) in my thoughts and prayers...

Dixie said...

Bless you all XXX

bazza said...

Thanks Dixie. He's doing really well now and only has to report to the hospital every three months.