Gold is the New Orange

I have never been to jail, or in trouble with the law for that matter, but as we prepare for 6 months in Toronto I think this is what it would feel like. I have a sentence date, we will be allowed visitors at set times, the doctor is the Warden making sure we follow…

Doing the Best in a Bad Situation

Everyday I wake up and have a choice to make; I can get in my car and leave, I can hide under the covers with tears in my eyes, I can take my frustrations and sorrows out on those around me,  or I can choose to face the situation and do the best I can!…

So Where Do We Stand Now?

Now, 6 Months later, we sit in a tiny blue exam room at Sick Kids Hospital waiting for him to arrive.

Another Room

Another waiting room, another city. More families waiting anxiously for results, procedures, tests and treatments. The brightly painted walls and colourful checkered floors, children’s artworks and games and clowns; an attempt to mask the hospital stench. Pulling smiles as painful as pulling teeth. So many similarities in all hospitals so far. Parents on phones, kids…

Video: First Dose, First Video Post

Way to tired to type update or anything deep just going through the emotions. Arrived at CHEO 8am and Aiden is fast asleep after long day; it is now 7:30 pm and he getting his first dose of Chemotherapy. No turning back now… ​​

January: No Pictures Just Words

So my last posts have been great, they have made me feel great. Focusing on the good has lifted my spirits and starting to write and be creative again has been a good therapy. But everyday my anxiety grows, so much that I am unable to sleep, the knot in my stomach pulling tighter and…

Video: Rehabilitation Journey

You do not know how far you have come until you look back. I am so amazingly proud of Aiden and all he had gone though. Everyday he is not only fighting to beat this cancer but to get back his ability to walk, speak and eat again. Over the last couple day Aiden has…

Home Sweet Home

I am finally sitting at my computer ready to write, but for some reason words do not come as easy. I look at my last post thinking it might kick this writers block but it only makes it harder as I realize I have not posted anything in a month; the last post: the ringing…

Guest Post: First Annual Almonte Pediatric Cancer Awareness Benefit 

Written by: Nina Wolstenholme EVENT DATE: December 10th, 2016 3 months ago Rebecca Keffer came to my house and asked if I wanted to help plan a benefit event.  I never thought that it would turn into the First Annual Almonte Pediatric Cancer Awareness Benefit with this years proceeds going to help Aiden Fortherby-Verk and his…

Ringing the Bell

Today is the Day! Today is the day that I have watched many other people do with tears in my eyes. An overwhelming of emotions.  Yesterday (Wednesday) I met with Dr Y and Dr H, they suggested that we forgo Aidens last radiation scheduled for Friday and make Thursday the last. Because Aiden had such…

Video: Walking for Pokémon Balls

​​ So we have finally found Aiden’s motivation! Over the weekend he has made amazing rehabilitation in his left arm/hand and coordination in his fingers and improvement in his eyes sight that he is now able to play iPhone games again! With that we also found out that there are new and different Pokémon in…

A half told story…

As I write this, I try to write this as a narrative, as a novel. I try to disassociate myself from the reality of the words in the story. If this was a novel it would be placed in the horror section because nothing is more scary then watching your child battle cancer. Watching your…