Lukas leaves cancer at the station

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram Amazingly, it’s been nine months since little Lukas Rosenbaum was in America, getting cancer treatment thanks to the generosity of the Greek Australian community.Now Lukas has overcome another hurdle, his three month scan for cancer. That means in the nine months that Lukas has been back at home, all three scans have been clear.No one is happier than mother Irene Rosenbaum (nee Strouzas).“In terms of the MRIs he’s doing really well, he remains clear. It’s fantastic news,” she tells Neos Kosmos. “So we are one step closer to nearly beating this thing.”Currently, Lukas is in his two year risky period, where the cancer can return at any time. Past the two year mark, things look a lot better.He is slowly making progress with his eating, after his nasal tube was removed. He still cannot eat solid food and is fed by a tube in his stomach, but Lukas is beginning to seek help with his understandable aversion to food. During the height of his sickness, Lukas wasn’t able to keep food down. He was scared to eat anything solid fearing his stomach would get upset and has developed a fear of new tastes. Amazingly, his aversion to food doesn’t include cooking. “He loves cooking, he loves preparing the food, he’s just really scared to put it in his mouth,” Irene says.“At least with this we can deal with it.”The family is a lot closer to getting back into a normal routine, with Irene now able to get back to work, even if it’s part time. Lukas is flourishing at kinder, and on track to start school next year, a big step in his development.“It’s something I never thought I’d see,” Irene says.“When he got diagnosed I used to look at all the kids walking home from school and wonder if I would ever see my child go to school.” Before the routine of school sets in, Lukas and his family will have the opportunity to accomplish one of Lukas’ dreams. An avid train aficionado, Lukas has had his wish granted by the Starlight Children’s Foundation and will be jumping on board The Ghan train to tour Australia. The family will embark on the three day journey from Adelaide to Darwin in November.“He is particularly excited to sleep on the train and see where the toilets are,” Irene says with a laugh. The story of little Lukas touched the Greek community last year. In less than two months, $245,000 was donated to the family to fund life saving treatment in Texas, USA.Lukas had 30 radiation treatments, four blood transfusions, lost his hair all over again just before Christmas in the battle to kick medulloblastoma, a rare form of brain tumour. Now the family is looking to restore a bit of normality to their lives.last_img read more