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My Story

And now it is Round 2. Laughlin was diagnosed with treatment related AML Leukaemia on Friday 15/11/13 and we will be going into GOSH on Monday 25/11/13 to begin the first 6 week round of treatment. This may be followed by further rounds, with a bone marrow transplant as the final element. Lockie continues to dig deep into the treasure of his heart, facing all this with calmness and openness.

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On the 8th July 2011 our dear son Laughlin Lewis Whiteley was taken into Great Ormond Street hospital for removal of a brain tumour "Medulloblastoma".  The last six weeks Laughlin has made a huge recovery and now Laughlin faces 12 to 18mths of treatment! Already he has started the process of six weeks of radiotherapy and then chemo!  Laughlin has been so brave and has been just amazing and defiantly still keeps giggling and sparkling like a star!  He is a  true "Pirate"  and will ride this rough time with great attack! passion, and will follow "The yellow Brick road" 

Day one the hymn "Fight the good fight with all thy mite" 

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John Whiteley posted a new journal entry, "Crunch time".

When I was Laughlin’s age, I began having a re-occuring nightmare that haunted me throughout my childhood. It was of a giant dark mass, a rock, a mountain, a glacier ... Read more

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John Whiteley posted a new journal entry, "BLAST".

I would have given anything to not have started writing this journal again. Anything. Everything.This week was the centenary of Team GB joining WW1. This week  there were ... Read more

John Whiteley posted a new journal entry, "Equilibrium".

We blink, and a quarter of a year has passed, at home but not quite. As we settled back into our recovery lives, all the other lost and neglected parts of our lives during ... Read more

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vikki george signed Laughlin's Guestbook.

I'm so pleased to hear your back home. I know you still have tough times ahead but celebrating your latest mile stone x Read more

John Whiteley posted a new journal entry, "A sprinkling of hope".

At long, long, last Laughlin's Star Wars bed is warm again at nights (though extra dog warmth has been well and truly banned, as have any aviarian, aquatic or amphibious ... Read more

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John Whiteley posted a new journal entry, "Deja Vu".

Weekends over the past month have been a crash-course in London life for Gus. He is now an old hand at all forms of public transport other than river ferries and the O2 ... Read more

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Steffi signed Laughlin's Guestbook.

What Joy!! Thank you once again, John for providing us with such an eloquent window into the the immense adventure you all brave! We are over - joyed to hear of the of ... Read more

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