Thursday, September 23, 2010

Liam, succumb to cancer

We have been praying for him. but the Lord said Liam is better to be beside Him and we have to let go.

The boy was only 2 years old+ when he was diagnosed with neuroblastoma, a cancer in childhood and the most common cancer in infancy. There were no serious signs for him. Liam grew to be a normal boy, I saw his baby picture, he looks very healthy and chubby. It was only when they went home for vacation in the Philippines, his grandfather thought that his way of walking is not normal. So immediately when they arrived in Singapore, they requested for a full test and he was diagnosed with a cancer. I'm sure it was heart breaking for the parents and his relatives. He underwent procedures to fight the cancer but after few months, Liam gave in.

We saw Liam at church. Actually, it was only his dad first. He was invited to attend and join us in faith that God can heal his son. He was reluctant at first but eventually realized that, God is God.On his last few months, instead of resting, Liam attends the church service. He eventually picked his favorite songs, one of them is my brother's original composition One Day. See an excerpt from the lyric.

♪"One day, we will meet Him face to face.  ♪
In the place ♪ called paradise, where my Lord reside..." ♪

Now he is gone. He is with the Father who loves him so much.We may be sad today but in time, we will be able to move on. In time his parents' will heal their wounds.

So long LIAM. Thank you for the time you shared with us. We have learned a lot of lessons in this journey. My only regret is, I wasn't able to touch you. Or just even shake your hands because I was afraid I might hurt you. I wish you have known Hershey. You might like her, she is a nice girl.

See you whenever we can. Kiss Jesus for us.

Neuroblastoma is a cancer that forms in your nerve tissue. It usually begins in the adrenal glands, which sit atop your kidneys. It may also begin in your neck, chest or spinal cord. The cancer often begins in early childhood. Sometimes it begins before a child is born. By the time doctors find the cancer, it has usually spread to other parts of the body. The most common symptoms are
  • A lump in the abdomen, neck or chest
  • Bulging eyes
  • Dark circles around the eyes
  • Bone pain
  • Swollen stomach and trouble breathing in babies
  • Painless, bluish lumps under the skin in babies
  • Inability to move a body part
Treatments include surgery, radiation therapy, chemotherapy or a combination. Sometimes before giving treatment, doctors wait to see whether symptoms get worse. This is called watchful waiting.
NIH: National Cancer Institute


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