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The Latz Family’s Story

Included below are stories and events we encountered along the way  since Tuesday 17 July 2012 , the day Liam was diagnosed. Our journey during and since his treatment is ongoing and in many ways is still evolving as Liam gets older. The term ‘Living with Cancer’ is very apt as although his treatment has finished it’s by no means the end of it. Liam’s getting older (and starting to ask questions), we are getting older (and our perspective on life has changed – in a positive way), his brothers question what happened sometimes (and why), and obviously they remember as it was their life too. There are still many unanswered questions ahead, and we – in many ways – still take it day by day. Life is precious and sometimes we forget that.

My blog posts on this site also express many of my thoughts (and of course us as a family) we have had along the way.

A Dad’s Perspective

A Dad’s Perspective

The link below ‘A Dads Perspective’ is an article I wrote for the ‘Chemo Chronicle’ – a publication that is sent to all oncology families (past and present) that have passed through the Camperdown ward at the Children’s Hospital at Westmead.

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A ‘Miner Miracle’

A ‘Miner Miracle’

Thanks to the amazing Make-A-Wish Australia Foundation, Liam’s dream of mining for diamonds came true on 16th October 2013. In doing so he officially became Australia’s youngest ever underground miner!

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‘Stronger’ (Music Video)

‘Stronger’ (Music Video)

This music clip is pretty moving but incredibly inspirational. We heard it early on in Liam’s treatment at a Hospital H.O.P.E (Hospital Oncology Parent Education) day.

I do believe experiences like this make us, and our kids, stronger.

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Liam

Liam

The image above is of Liam in a hospital ‘photo shoot’ for the in-house school flyer. It was taken the day before he was diagnosed with Non Hodgkins Lymphoma. He had already had two operations prior to this (but still had his hair!). The picture below  is of Marnie, Liam & I on his 7th birthday. He had just finished his second course of chemotherapy. The rabbit belonged to a magician. Funnily enough it just appeared out of nowhere. As of August 2016 he is nearly 4 years cancer free, and visits the clinic now every 6 months for blood tests (just finger pricks now – which he loves). We are parents are obviously chuffed but still worry at times but embrace life like we never used to before that day back in 2012. And after 12 PET scans, we have been told he needs no more! So again very happy obviously. Two and a half years on (thanks to Make a Wish) Liam was invited to be an anthem kid with Australia’s winning team at the 2015 Cricket World Cup. We were so proud of him. On his right in the picture is another Liam who also went through treatment with us at the same time. We as parents however have also realised and are very aware the 2nd part of the cancer journey (both emotional and also financial to a certain extent) has only just begun…… To give you an example, Liam is tutored curtesy of the Ronald McDonald Learning Program and he gets 40 session for free as part of the amazing work they do. His tutor,... read more