Shaw family appreciates support for Evie
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