A little boy who battled liver cancer is sharing his story for charity in a book that follows an emotional journey from his shock diagnoses and through his punishing treatment. Conor Reidy was struck with an aggressive form of childhood cancer and ‘A Lot Can Happen In A Year And A Half’ has been penned by Conor’s parents, Michael and Geraldine, under his name.
“I started writing this as a private diary of what was happening to Conor and recording all the ups and downs and anxious moments,” said Mr Reidy, from Booterstown, south Dublin. Conor was diagnosed with a rare form of liver cancer in April 2009 after complaining of stomach pain. Aged just five, he started gruelling chemotherapy treatment in Crumlin Children’s Hospital in Dublin. But within four months he was airlifted to London by the Air Corps for a lifesaving liver transplant. “Thankfully, 18 months on, Conor has made a good recovery and is back in school,” Mr Reidy said.
All proceeds from the book — which costs €20 from www. originalwriting.ie — will go to St John’s Ward at Our Lady’s Children’s Hospital, Crumlin, and the Children’s Medical and Research Foundation.
– Sarah Stack