Hollie has now completed 5 cycles of immunotherapy, she was an absolute trooper as always, and the lack of chemotherapy meant that we had much longer stays at home in between. We have started to try and reward her with some of the things she wished she could have been doing over the last year. We were able to leave Auckland for Christmas and have some much needed time with the family. We treated her and her brother to a spin on the Huka Falls jet boat and took a long weekend in Taupo with Grandma and Grandpa. Next we’re looking to book a campervan trip at Easter.
Preliminary results from the immunotherapy, however, although show continued signs of improvement, have not eliminated the disease in her left leg. We are waiting to have discussions with the oncology team as to what can be done next. Initial conversations are that she has already received every available treatment, but we are hoping for a clearer, and more hopeful plan in the coming months. Hollie will have another round of tests in April, and we will then find out what we do next.
So, in the meantime, we aim to reward her with some fun and normality. She will be able to resume school for the coming term. She begins Year 3 this year, and turns 7 in March, so we will get on with the party planning. At least this year she shouldn’t have to celebrate at Starship!
We want to take this opportunity to thank everyone for their continued support. In particular Harriet and Lucy for your hard work arranging the gruelling Metafit fundraiser; Players Sports for the ‘Hollie grip’; the NZ Black Caps for the unexpected publicity; and Torbay School for your continued support; as well as all our family and friends. We wouldn’t be doing so well if it wasn’t for all of you. Thank you.