Good news caps bad year
Tokoroa teen Bodine Craig had a very special Christmas, an end to his nine months of chemotherapy.
Early last year Bodine was diagnosed with Ewing’s sarcoma, a bone cancer, in his left leg.
‘‘It’s the suckiest thing I’ve had to do. It turned my world upside down but it has made me stronger,’’ said the 15-year-old Forest View High School student who was relieved to be home with his parents and siblings after spending a large part of 2010 in Auckland’s Starship Hospital.
Now that Bodine no longer has to undergo chemotherapy and although they have not officially been told, his mother Miriama Craig said the outlook was great.
‘‘It looks like the tumour is out. It’s been a very long 10 months. I feel like the worst is over.’’
The family has been separated for much of last year with Bodine in hospital three weeks out of every month.
‘‘It’s a relief to have our family back together, our son is back with his brothers and sisters.
‘‘During those hard months he passed his learner licence and we were happy that he was able to still do that.’’ Mrs Craig said.
The tight-knit family celebrated Christmas early and Bodine received a gift every teenage boy dreams of.
‘‘I got a car and get to drive around with mum and dad until I get my restricted licence.’’
Bodine hopes to regain full use of his left leg.
‘‘I can’t wait to go hunting and fishing. I don’t know if I will be able to play rugby but you never know,’’ he said.
Bodine hopes to return to school this year.
CHRISTMAS SURPRISE: Tokoroa teen Bodine Craig, who was diagnosed with cancer early last year, received two Christmas presents this year, a clean bill of health and a new car.