25 March 2016 No Comments by The Northern Standard

By Veronica Corr

After fourteen bouts of chemotherapy, thirty sessions of radiation (which took place over six weeks), six surgeries including biopsies, as well as the installation of a Hickman (Freddie) line to her heart and a feeding (Peggie) line to her stomach, and having her right leg amputated above the knee, ten-year-old Laura Crossan from Greaghdrummitt, Corduff, Carrickmacross has come out smiling on the other side.

When this reporter and our photographer Pat Byrne visited the Crossans at home last Friday morning, March 18th, we found dad Jonathan, mum Sinéad, Dylan (15), Laura (10), Codie (7) and Georgia (5) to be in good form after having endured the most challenging year of their lives. Laura’s parents were also in reflective mood about how far they had come as a family since Laura’s diagnosis.

There are strings full of personalised cards on the wall of the kitchen/living room, which document every occasion there has been since Laura got sick. Madeline Birdy of Birdy’s Newsagents created these and they mean a lot to the family, who have keepsakes of this time as a result. Madeline also lights a candle for Laura every day.

“She’s flying, thank God. Last St. Patrick’s Day (2015) she was in Crumlin after her third chemo,” dad Jonathan told The Northern Standard.

Mum Sinéad went on to say: “This year Laura was in the parade with Bunscoil Lughaidh Naofa as part of ‘The Green Army.’ She walked the whole way on her prosthetic leg.”

According to Jonathan, when they came around the corner at TW Stores, they were met by rapturous applause.


During her Christmas holidays (2014) from school …


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