One of Bren’s main fears was the pain he would be in, in the end stages of his cancer — for good reason.

three

The phone rang – it took me a minute to find it. It was Charles. He said Margaret had rung to tell him to come home. He was just checking that he really needed to before he booked a plane ticket.

two

When Andrew calmly and kindly said, ‘Brendan, looking at where we are today, we could be looking at about a month.’ My world crashed around me slowly, millisecond by millisecond,

one

Not being here for us when we would need him most was his worst nightmare, but I think it bought him peace to know we had people around us to support us when he was gone.

Introduction

Ours is a story with a cast of hundreds, many will appear in the following pages, some names and places will be changed for different reasons, mostly out of respect for privacy.

Dedication

For Baden and Tyra –
Who reflect their dads strength and grace every day. Even on our worst of days. This story is yours.

A Book – about Love

Only one person in our family was diagnosed with cancer. And for him, the burden was the heaviest – the devastation most extreme.

May

There’s nothing like an upcoming birthday to have you flipping back through times long past, a little wistfully. Today Bali came to mind as I was looking through old photos. Instead of writing about the month that was this month, I’m sharing a memory from the early years. It was 1994, I had celebrated my…

April

I danced, I laughed, I enjoyed myself with good food, a little wine, great music and wonderful friends.