Christopher Court - Back to school

Back to school

Christopher Court with the Monkey In My ChairThe Monday after radiation finished, Chris went back to school.  He was welcomed like a hero and everyone wanted to look after him.  While he had been away, a toy monkey had occupied his chair.  There is a charity called Monkey In My Chair that provides a monkey to take the place of a child at school while they are away for treatment.  The classmates take the monkey everywhere they go - to the playground, to lunch etc etc.  It is an excellent way to stay connected to the patient.

There was to be a one month gap between the end of radiation and chemotherapy starting.  The doctors were also now weening Chris off of the steroids as they should no longer be required to control the swelling around the tumor.  Finally he would start to loose all the extra weight they had caused him to gain.