Good news caps bad year

South Waikato News - - NEWS - By FLORENCE KERR

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.

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