Rob Delaney pens heart-wrenching essay about his son’s cancer battle and death

Comedian Rob Delaney, whose 2-year-old son died in January, said the intended audience for his book to other parents of sick children.

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“The catastrophe star Rob Delaney wrote a heartbreaking essay about his son, who died of cancer of the battle.

The actor’s 2-year-old son, Henry, died in January after a brain tumor diagnosis in 2016.

I hope this helps.

— rob delaney (@robdelaney) September 18, 2018

He remembered when his son began to be sick.

“A little more than a year ago, Henry fell to his oldest brother’s fifth birthday party,” Delaney wrote in the essay published on Medium. “No big deal; he was our third child and we had cleared up enough litres of puke is not at home.”

However, Henry vomited the next day the family brought him to the emergency room, where the doctors think that the boy had an infection of the urinary tract, Delaney wrote. The actor said that his son started to lose weight and continued to vomit.


The comedian brought his son to a doctor recommended by his friend and the doctor suggested an MRI. The boy was subsequently diagnosed with an ependymoma is a tumor in the brain. Henry had an operation to remove the tumor, but the damaged cranial nerves, and left him with Bell’s palsy, deaf in one ear and with facial paralysis.

Today would be our beautiful Henry’s 3rd birthday. If you want to give him a gift, you can make a donation to @RainbowTrustCC: or @NoahsArkHospice: He loved everyone in those organizations very much.

— rob delaney (@robdelaney) April 16, 2018

Delaney, who is also the co-author of the Amazon series, said he started writing the essay in April 2017.

“Henry’s tracheotomy tube at him to speak, so I have not heard heard from him for more than a year,” Delaney wrote. “My wife has recently walked in on me crying and listening to recordings of him babbling, before the diagnosis and surgery.”

Delaney wrote the last part of his essay, later. He said that he was busy with the writing of the essay, in the hope of completing a book, but stopped writing when his family learned that the tumor is back.

“I stopped writing when we saw the new, bad MRI. My wife and his brothers and I just wanted to be with him around the clock and make sure that his last months were happy,” Delaney wrote. “And they were.”

The actor explained he was the publication of the essay for other parents who had sick children.


“The reason I like this now is that the intended audience for this book was my fellow parents of very sick children,” he wrote. “They were always so tired and sad, like ghosts, walk the halls of the hospital, and I wanted them to know someone understood and cared. I’d still like them to know that, so here is a few pages for them. Or for you.”

He came to the conclusion of the essay by saying that the end took a different turn and he might consider writing a book in the future.

“But I can’t write this book because our family’s story has a different ending than I had hoped for. Perhaps I will write another book in the future, but now it is my responsibility to keep my family and myself as we mourn our beautiful Henry.”

Kathleen Joyce is a breaking/trending news producer for You can follow her via @Kathleen_Joyce8 on Twitter.

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