Archive for November, 2011

Jumping Bean

Tuesday, November 8th, 2011

Gav wasn’t an early walker, but nor was he late.  He took his first solo steps in a hotel room in San Francisco a few weeks after his first birthday. He then spent a long flight to Sydney tottering up and down the aisles of the plane. A few months later, he was walking all the time, but not stable. I was concerned enough to take him to our pediatrician to note that he seemed unbalanced in some way. She didn’t see anything alarming in his gait, so we decided to see if things improved, and they did. Several months after that, there was a quick deterioration and we found ourselves in the ER one June evening learning the worst news of our lives. I was later told by neurosurgery and neuro-onc that it was not likely that my earlier fears were due to tumour growth. Gav’s tumour was fast and aggressive, and probably grew to the size that it did in about three weeks. (more…)