HAPPY STUDYING: Assumption College student Kayden Domjahn is better able to study at home, thanks to assistance from the Warwick RSL sub-branch.
HAPPY STUDYING: Assumption College student Kayden Domjahn is better able to study at home, thanks to assistance from the Warwick RSL sub-branch. Contributed

Veterans step in to ease Warwick boy's tough health struggle

WARWICK school student Kayden Domjahn has more health problems than most people will have in their entire lives.

The 12-year old Assumption College student can only attend school part-time, consisting of seven classes a week.

He can only maintain this for the first two to four weeks of each term until he goes into a flare-up, which is a part of his conditions.

His limitation is only one hour outside home before his body starts struggling.

Kayden suffers with chronic fatigue syndrome/myalgic encephalitis/fibromyalgia.

As if that's not enough, he also suffers from GI hypersensitivity/non-allergic rhinitis/conjunctivitis. However, this tough young man is able to keep up with his classmates by studying at home with lessons sent from his school.

Kayden's dad, Steve, an ex-serviceman, and his mother, Tanyia, asked the Warwick RSL sub-branch if it could conjure up some assistance for the young man.

Two years ago, the sub-branch was able to fully renovate the family bathroom so Kayden could take a shower on his own, without his mother lifting him in and out of the tub, courtesy of a welfare grant, and paid for out-of-pocket expenses on his regular trips to see specialists at the Gold Coast.

This year, the sub-branch stumped up more than $2000 for a student's desk, a special chair and a laptop to help Kayden study and do schoolwork more efficiently from home.

Regular flare-ups have led to Kayden undertaking fortnightly acupressure treatments that have helped, however, his last flare-up lasted more than 10 weeks.

Warwick RSL welfare officer Gordon Nielson said the sub-branch was active within the community assisting veterans and ex-servicemen and women but was unable to advertise its programs for fear of embarrassing people in need of help.

"Our welfare program is in action throughout the ex-service community, it's what the RSL was founded for over 100 years ago and we still carry on the same tradition of assisting those in need," he said.

"Kayden's case is special because he's happy to acknowledge the sub-branch assistance and his parents are more than happy to allow him."



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