Josh’s brave fight

Isis Town and Country - - Opinion - By COLLEEN RUANE

JOSH Ruane and fam­ily would like to pass on their heart­felt thanks to the Childers com­mu­nity for all their well wishes and support dur­ing the 14 months Josh spent in Bris­bane un­der­go­ing treat­ment for leukemia.

In the course of his treat­ment, Josh suf­fered many set­backs through com­pli­ca­tions with the treat­ment he was re­ceiv­ing. The big­gest set­back was los­ing the use of his arms and legs and be­ing told he might never walk again.

Some­how, this amaz­ing young man found the strength to fight back not only the once but twice more to prove the doc­tors wrong.

On April 1, Josh un­der­went a bone mar­row trans­plant with bone mar­row do­nated by his older brother, Stephen.

Six months after the trans­plant, with some mi­nor set­backs be­hind him, Josh was in re­mis­sion and was fi­nally al­lowed to re­turn home with only monthly vis­its to Bris­bane.

In Oc­to­ber, Josh re­turned to Isis High as well as his beloved Army Cadets with a de­ter­mi­na­tion to have a nor­mal life again that was awe­some.

Josh is now walk­ing on his own and has firmly in place his goals for the fu­ture of fin­ish­ing school, do­ing a car­pen­try ap­pren­tice­ship and then join­ing the army to be­come a com­bat en­gi­neer.

It has been th­ese goals and sheer de­ter­mi­na­tion to not let this dis­ease beat him that has en­abled this brave young man to get to where he is to­day.


RE­COV­ERY: Josh Ruane.

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