The American actor, Rob Delaney shared a touching post on Twitter the day after the first Christmas without their two-year-old son who lost the battle with brain cancer in January 2018.
It might be a year since his passing but for Rob and his wife the emotions are still raw and the pain still fresh. Little Henry got diagnosed in 2016, and a risky surgery soon followed to remove the brain tumor, but it left Henry with disabilities.
In autumn of 2017 the family received the news that Henry’s cancer had returned, but this time there was nothing the doctors could do as even the required treatment made no difference.
Even though it was painful for them to watch their son suffer they will always remember him as a mischievous, smart and funny toddler who crept into the hearts of all that knew him.
The tribute to Henry on December 26 expressed the sorrow he felt after losing his son, and want other parents sharing the same grief to feel seen, heard and respected for what they are going through as he wrote on Twitter:
“Our first Christmas without Henry came & went. The day itself was okay, maybe because there were so many horrible, painful days leading up to it; we must have hit our quota or something. We talked about him a lot & included his memory throughout the day.”
Fans and celebrities responded with support and prayers to Henry and the family empathizing with the painful time the Delaney’s are going through.
When the family first relocated to London for the filming of ‘Catastrophe in 2014, Rob had no idea they would end up shooting four series. After five years in London, his success as the star and writer of a very successful show had the family living a prosperous new life until tragedy struck in 2016.
During a recent interview Rob stated he has no plan for the immediate future as he said:
“I’m just taking a second before I create something out of whole cloth again, because of everything that’s changed. I want to let it gestate because I’m a different person now. And Catastrophe was so personal, for better or worse.”
In a post on Facebook, Rob shared that Henry had been diagnosed with a brain tumor in 2016, that he had received a surgery which left him with disabilities and only for cancer to return again in 2017.
Fans were shocked after they found out, as Rob guarded their privacy and continued to work without saying a word. Carrying on with work was difficult as Rob said:
“Shoots were hard. Sometimes I’d need to take a break and just go cry.”
While on set with series three they rented an office right by the Great Ormond Street Hospital where Henry received treatment, so he could visit as needed.
The family’s tragic experience made a campaigner for NHS and Medicare for All in the US, together with other charities such as Noah’s Ark and the Rainbow Trust.
Rob had kept busy during this heartbreaking time doing stand-up while also acting in about five films due for release soon. The Delaney’s also welcomed the fourth son into the world last summer.
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