Shaw fam­ily ap­pre­ci­ates sup­port for Evie

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - FEEDBACK -

EVIE Shaw is a de­ter­mined char­ac­ter with a pos­i­tive na­ture, angelic fea­tures and an in­cred­i­bly mag­netic aura.

All of these fab­u­lous traits are be­ing tested to the limit in her quest to over­come her cancer ill­ness.

Mered­ith, David, Evie and Asher are fully aware and hum­bled by the tire­less work that close friends, lo­cal busi­nesses and the com­mu­nity of Port Dou­glas have achieved to raise funds to en­sure the fam­ily is able to stay to­gether as a unit, while Evie un­der­goes her treat­ment in The Royal Bris­bane Chil­dren’s Hos­pi­tal.

The Shaw fam­ily has ac­com­mo­da­tion in an apart­ment com­plex di­rectly across the road from the hos­pi­tal.

A sense of nor­mal­ity is be­ing etched out within these walls dur­ing these very emo­tional times for them.

The ac­com­mo­da­tion pro­vides the fam­ily to have pri­vacy away from the hos­pi­tal sur­rounds.

Asher has his toys to play with when he re­turns from school each day and also this al­lows him the op­por­tu­nity to in­vite his friends over af­ter school.

He is en­joy­ing his school as they play soc­cer and his teach­ers are nice to him, al­though he would be on the first plane back to join his class­mates in Port Dou­glas if he was al­lowed.

David and Mered­ith ro­tate the walk to school du­ties with Asher and this is also a time for each of them to col­lect their in­di­vid­ual thoughts and process what has ac­tu­ally oc­curred to their fam­ily and what the fu­ture holds.

The Royal Bris­bane Chil­dren’s Hos­pi­tal is a hub of ac­tiv­ity.

The outer face does not in­di­cate the emo­tion within.

Chil­dren and their par­ents start to ar­rive from 8am on­wards and the doc­tors, nurses and vol­un­teer work­ers co­or­di­nate the daily sched­ule with pre­ci­sion.

Hand san­i­ta­tion is para­mount, as the threat of germs be­ing spread within the hos­pi­tal would be cat­a­strophic to all of these chil­dren.

The chemo­ther­apy strips the body of an im­mune sys­tem and this is Evie’s great­est battle - to avoid viruses and germs.

Evie has had her chemo­ther­apy de­layed re­cently, as her blood counts were not at an ac­cept­able level to al­low the treat­ment to con­tinue.

She has dropped in weight and it is dif­fi­cult for her to eat solid foods, as the chemo­ther­apy gives a me­tal­lic taste to her palate.

Sur­pris­ingly the only foods that are good for chil­dren un­der­go­ing chemo­ther­apy are salty foods and those that are high in calo­ries, so if Mered­ith can get Evie to eat Hun­gry Jacks or McDon­ald’s this is a great achieve­ment.

A typ­i­cal day for Evie con­sists of lots of sitting among other chil­dren.

Now paint a pic­ture in your mind of all of these chil­dren sleep­ing, cry­ing or just silently look­ing across the room with­out a word be­ing said and this is usu­ally for up to or be­yond eight hours of the day.

Hushed con­ver­sa­tions be­tween the older chil­dren and their par­ents, or tod­dlers wig­gling around in their gi­ant blue re­cliner chairs, all the while linked to their var­i­ous forms of in­tra­venous blood bags or an­tibi­otics on a metal wheel­ing stand.

No two chil­dren are on the same path of re­cov­ery which means that friend­ships don’t re­ally form.

Fa­mil­iar faces ap­pear from time to time as each child un­der­takes the fight to sur­vive.

Cancer knows no bounds as it af­fects all dif­fer­ent na­tion­al­i­ties and ages.

Evie is quiet in her de­meanor and this is very un­der­stand­able, but the beau­ti­ful smile and her warm gen­er­ous na­ture have not di­min­ished - noth­ing will ever re­move this from Evie Shaw.

Please con­tinue to send Evie mes­sages on Face­book or let­ters in the mail, as these con­tacts cer­tainly brighten her up, on what are of­ten, very long silent days in hos­pi­tal.

Home away from home: Evie Shaw is re­ceiv­ing treat­ment at Bris­bane’s Royal Chil­dren’s Hos­pi­tal

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