Australian television presenter Kate Langbroek has given an emotional update on her son Lewis’ cancer journey.
The mum-of-four appeared on KIIS radio to give an update on her son’s long-standing battle with cancer after being diagnosed with leukaemia at the age of six.
“We went through all that treatment and rarely paid for anything — that is the magnificence of the country we live in, and the magnificence of taxpayers,” she said.
Now, at the age of 18, Lewis returns to Melbourne’s Royal Children’s Hospital with his mum for regular check-ups to monitor his health.
Langbroek revealed that the latest check-up on Monday was the first time she had to leave the room to give her son some privacy.
“It was so strange! But it’s great because, it means that he’s a grown-up,” she told co-host Monty Dimond.
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“Anyway, then they told us: ‘This is the last time we’ll be seeing you at this hospital because Lewis is transitioning to an adult hospital.’ I thought ‘oh my goodness, there were so many times where we thought this day may not come’.
“You’re confronted with what the course of his illness looked like, and there were times when we thought ‘I don’t see how we can make it through this’.
“And there we were — being dismissed by the beautiful doctors and being sent on our way.”
It’s not the first time Langbroek has shared some insight into the family’s difficult journey over the years.
“My darling son who had childhood leukaemia now has long-term effects checkups,” she wrote on Instagram previously.
“Today Lewis is getting his thyroid ultrasound to check that seeds from previous radiation have not enlarged…we hope they have not — but Lewis certainly has.
“My lanky boyo is now too long for the bed. Praise be. 🙏❤️🙌🏻 Also, always — blessings and strength to those who are in the midst of battle.”
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