- In September 2019, Caitlin Burge of Princeton, Texas, shared photos of her daughter Aubrey, then five, rubbing her son Beckett’s back, then four.
- Beckett was diagnosed with acute lymphoblastic leukemia in April 2018 at the age of 2
- Picture of Aubrey rubbing her brother’s back while vomiting after chemo goes viral
- Now, Caitlin says her son is back in school and has rang the bell in his hospital ward to mark the end of his treatment after receiving a health bill.
- She Says The Siblings Are Still Incredibly Close — But They Have Weird Arguments
A mother who shared heart-wrenching pictures of her younger son being comforted by his older sister in the midst of chemotherapy, revealed that he has now been completely cleared of leukemia.
In September 2019, Caitlin Burge of Princeton, Texas, posted photos of her son Beckett, then four, consoled by her older sister Aubrey, then five, as she vomited on a toilet in reaction to the gruesome treatment.
She shared at the time that Aubrey would also take her younger brother in her arms and lay him on the couch while Tottle was too weak to walk.
Beckett, who was diagnosed with acute lymphoblastic leukemia in April 2018 at the age of two, had spent months in the hospital receiving chemotherapy.
However, his mother has now revealed that her son has been billed for health and is in school; A video shows him ringing the chemo bell at his hospital last week to mark a new chapter in his life.
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Happy ending: In September 2019, Caitlin Beckett shared pictures of her daughter Aubrey, then five, rubbing her younger brother’s back during treatment for lymphoblastic leukemia and the photos went viral. This week she revealed everything has been given to her son
Back to health: Beckett, now six, with her older sister, Aubrey, now seven. He had his last treatment in August and has returned to school for a new term.
Photo of siblings during Beckett’s treatment. Caitlin says the pair have an ‘incredible bond’ and that Aubrey remains ‘the protector of her younger brother’.
The mother-in-law of three, who is married to husband Matthew and has a young daughter, Chandler, decided to release the painful images in 2019 to show the importance of family in times of crisis, she says.
Caitlin adds that Aubrey, now seven, still plays the role of protector, revealing that the siblings have formed an ‘irreparable bond’ because of Beckett’s illness.
‘Aubrey had such a huge impact on helping him recover from this. They developed a bond that only siblings had which I could not even change.
‘She was more of a maternal figure when she was going through chemo, but Aubrey started to notice that now that she’s away from it, she wants to be a little more independent.
‘She’s struggling with this because she’s found her inner voice now and whenever she tries to help him he says “I can do it myself”.
She says she also welcomes their occasional fights as it signals the resumption of normal family life.
Beckett pictured ringing the bell in his hospital ward to mark the end of his treatment after receiving a clean bill of health
Caitlin and her husband Matthew help congratulate their little boy after he finishes his treatment
In difficult times: Aubrey cleans up for her younger brother after months of unwell hospital chemotherapy
Beckett is now finding her feet again and has returned to school where she excels, while Aubrey has returned to her own hobby that had previously been put off during her brother’s treatment due to the financial strain of her family.
Caitlin says: ‘For the past two years, he’s been going through day-to-day chemo, which he’s been on.
‘He was taking chemo pills at night and was going for treatment, then on 8 August they stopped all chemo.
‘ He was treated. He goes to the labs once a month but you never know – it’s a different world.’
Beckett is still suffering from some of the side effects of chemo, including some leg pain, but her mother says taking out her port in two weeks would be ‘the icing on the cake for her’.
Caitlin says Beckett continues to flourish academically after the ‘fog of chemo’ has cleared, normalcy is back for the family.
Back to the occasional fight! Caitlin says the siblings now sometimes argue, which she takes as a sign of a more healthy family dynamic
She says her son struggled academically with chemo: ‘He was really foggy-minded and didn’t understand much. He confused everything.
‘Now, that’s interesting to watch. We were sitting at the table the other day and he was reading. I thought ‘You know how to read? What is going on here?’ You give him a spelling word and he will spell it all out.
‘We’re seeing more of a normal kid – things we never thought he’d ever do. It’s really cool and boosts their confidence.
she says she still suffers something some side effects of chemo including leg pain but says its happening Port out in two weeks would be the ‘icing on the cake for him’.
She adds: ‘They can play like normal siblings now. I go to school with them in the morning but they will go home by bike together.
‘They’ve been playing outside together and have kids now. Aubrey is now on a competitive cheering team.’
Ready for the game: Red Sox fan Beckett shows off his baseball kit as he resumes normal activities
Difficult: The child underwent chemotherapy, blood transfusions and platelet transfusions during his hospital stay and was unable to see his sister for some time.
Inseparable siblings Beckett (right) and Aubrey (left) can be seen hugging during Beckett’s treatment here in Princeton, Texas
The child underwent chemotherapy, blood transfusions and platelet transfusions during his time in the hospital
The pair pictured during Beckett’s treatment – he has now returned to school and has been given a clean bill of health by the doctors
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