Chemo done, next step radiation therapy! 19 June 2019
It's been a while since we posted an update on here but Manaia has been busy blitzing through his treatment. 4 rounds of chemotherapy have been completed and we have been spending a lot of time down in Christchurch getting ready to start radiation therapy.
The last round of chemo really took it out of Manaia, his blood counts were all pretty consistently low, he spiked a high temperature which is a sign of an infection and also caught noro virus which saw him in isolation on the Children's Oncology ward for 9 days. His taste buds completely changed so all food was tasting pretty yuck apart from raw carrot and apples! But Manaia battled through and despite all of this made it through a dozen play therapy sessions and amazingly was able to have this radiation mask made whilst awake. We were pretty certain we were heading down the route of having to have a general anaesthetic but Manaia pulled it out of the bag!
We head down to Christchurch to start 5 weeks of radiation therapy on 1 July. Thank you for all the continued support from friends, family and even from strangers who have donated on GiveALittle and helped us massively with the financial impact of Manaia's treatment! It is appreciated beyond words. The Huntleys xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx