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Surviving and thriving: How Kane beat Leukemia twice

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At the tender age of just nine-years-old, Kane Ransom is like any other boy his age. He likes playing handball with his friends and loves Star Wars. But there’s one big difference. Kane has beaten cancer not once, but twice.

When he was just three-years-old, Kane was diagnosed with Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia.

Kane’s Mum Natalie pushed doctors to investigate when little Kane started complaining of sore legs, was lethargic and suffering from fevers. She was told he had four weeks to live without treatment.

After two years of treatment, Kane was officially in remission. But 18 months to that day, in 2017, there was devastating news.

“We had just moved into a new house and he dropped something and bent to pick it up and he was screaming in pain because of his back,” Natalie says.

“We thought it could have been because he had fallen off the monkey bars, so we went to have an x-ray and nothing came back from that and then this gut feeling hit – he hadn’t been right for a couple of weeks.

“We rang the Oncologist to have a health check and he had relapsed.”

What followed was six months of intensive treatment, followed by another two years of chemotherapy.

“He didn’t want to go through it again. As soon as he started to get treatment the anxiety came back, what he had been through,” Natalie says.

“I don’t know if you can put words to it, the hardest fact was we couldn’t hug him to tell him everything was going to be alright because we didn’t know if he was going to be ok.”

The family was all tested to see if they were a match for a bone marrow transplant, but Kane responded so well to treatment, those plans were pushed aside.

In May, Kane took his final dose of oral chemotherapy, and is now enjoying a ‘normal’ life.

As Kane puts it, life is now just “more fun.”

“He’s brilliant. To look at him you would not even know what he’s gone through,” Natalie says.

“He’s a resilient, bubbly, energetic boy, you just wouldn’t even tell.

“We can see the emotional scars but no-one else looking in could see it.”

Kane’s back at school, although that did take a set-back when COVID-19 hit.

“He told me as much as I love you Mum, I really want to go back to school.”

He’s been enjoying crabbing and fishing, is training in mixed martial arts and learning to play the keyboard in the school band.

But life for Kane is not without its challenges. He’s behind on his school work, has problems with his memory and making friends, after spending his childhood so far, surrounded by adults and doctors.

“He’s been struggling with friends, because he has an adult sense of humor,” Natalie says.

“He was playing with Year six children when he was in Year two, but since he’s been in Year three things have levelled out and he’s made good friends who are all a little bit quirky like him.”

The family is now planning to tick off its collective bucket list, with trips to Darwin, Melbourne, the Gold Coast and Phillip Island.

“I still can’t relax, the fear of him relapsing is real, but I don’t show that to my kids,” Natalie says.

“Kane’s oncologist says there’s more chance of it [Leukemia] staying away than coming back, but we’ve been there before.

“If it does come back we’ve still got options.”

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