When Francis relapsed after surgery, it was a scary time for the whole Tipene whānau, but after a glorious holiday all is well again.
I have so much to be grateful for in 2022. At the end of last year I was so scared I was going to lose Francis.
It was horrible. It started when his appendix burst and he was rushed to hospital to have it out. The doctors recommended that he stay there to recuperate, but he was desperate to leave. And he was warned that if he did head home, he had to take it easy.
Of course, Francis can’t help himself. Grieving whānau would call him and he’d go to their aid. He could barely walk, and he was still…