Lachlan B's recovery fund
Lachlan is a compassionate, creative, bright young man who embraces life to the fullest. A few weeks ago, he was enjoying his first week of university, planning a 3rd anniversary surprise for his girlfriend Sarah, organising his Dungeons and Dragons mates for their bi-monthly weekend session, and starting edits on the first draft of his YA fantasy novel. Cancer has interrupted his short and long-term plans. His first two weeks of university were spent undergoing a series of medical tests and consultations. Fifteen minutes into his 3rd anniversary date, he became unwell and had to go to Emergency. He has now been diagnosed with osteosarcoma (an aggressive, painful bone cancer), and been forced to defer his university studies in order to receive the treatment he urgently needs.
Lachlan’s osteosarcoma is in his right humerus. His treatment plan starts with 10 weeks of intense chemotherapy to reduce the size of his tumour and allow a limb-saving operation. He will then have surgery to remove the tumour and replace the affected bone with an endoprosthetic. After surgery, he will require another four months of intensive chemotherapy. At this stage, Lachlan has 65 overnight hospital stays already scheduled in the coming months, plus day visits and the likelihood of some unscheduled hospital stay overs.
Lachlan lives with his mother, Kylie, and his younger brothers Marc and Matthew. Their limited finances have already been heavily strained by the costs of hospital trips, parking, medicines and the many extra expenses accrued during his tests and treatment to date. Kylie has drawn on her annual and long service leave to care for Lachlan, but this will run out many months before his treatment ends. While Lachlan has dealt with his diagnosis, pain and early treatments with his characteristic optimism and sense of humour, the financial and emotional pressure his illness has placed on his family is a source of great stress to him.
We'd like to help Lachlan and his family during this tough time by providing financial support during his arm surgery and approximately seven months of chemotherapy as well as helping give him the tools he needs to write even while he can't use his right arm.
We are able to provide anyone wanting proof of illness with the information they require to feel secure they are donating to a worthy cause.
Scans and meeting with surgeon and oncologist today.
Lachlan is officially cancer-free!
From Nick: Thank you everyone for your incredible generosity and support. It made a huge difference to Lachlan's family.
Just a quick note to all our generous donors; Lachlan has finished his chemo. We're waiting to see what post-chemo scans will reveal, but the family is very hopeful that the results will be positive and that the chemo has been successful.
Got such a lovely bunch of messages from various sources yesterday checking in to see how we were doing, which made me realise I've been a bit slack at keeping you all updated recently. We're all good. Lachlan's chemo had to be delayed last week as he was too sick to go ahead, but he's fine now. The plan is hospital (from yesterday) to Sat this week, Mon - Sat next week, then Tuesday to Friday the week after. He's done something or other to the muscles in his arm (overdoing physio, prob.) but the prosthetic is fine. This is his last week of post-surgery antibiotics (YAY) and since we're at the hospital, the nurses are in charge of doling out the meds, including waking him up to give him his late night / early morning doses (double YAY!!) - a responsibility I'm more than happy to relinquish :) M&M are fine. So - basically we're all good, I've just been slack at keeping in touch
Thought you'd like to know that we got the lab analysis on the bone they removed from Lachlan yesterday and it was excellent news - 99% tumour necrosis (they were aiming for 90%). They also eased my mind re the lingering effects of the meningitis (crap memory, word confusion, much slower processing speed). They expect the effects to eventually resolve, though the process will be slowed down by the chemo. They didn't seem very phased by the lingering effects (though honestly, they're very disciplined about never seeming phased about anything) - they feel it's all entirely to be expected given what his body went through and mostly his brain and body just need time to sort themselves out. They've gone ahead with chemo this week (not the drug that he has all the issues with) and will monitor closely to see how his body copes before deciding if he's ready for the more problematic chemo drug in a fortnight. He seems fine so far this chemo session. It's actually good for him to be back here as he was beginning to fret a bit at home - he's not good at not being able to do things or waiting, and he's still got a month before he can find out how much arm function he has. They're all making a huge fuss over him in here and the routine keeps him a little occupied, so he's feeling better than he has been. And I don't have to deal with him doing things like taking his one-armed, brain-foggy self out to knife-throwing parties (!!!!???WTF - when did this become a thing?) - so I'm a bit more relaxed, too :)