I went in search of a photo this morning and came across an album that this post collage has been created from. I hadn’t seen this album in a while. Life can change in an instant…
This was March 2014: the Easter School Holidays; to me these are a profound set of images depicting our calm before the cancer storm. We looked to be and felt like your average family. We were relaxed; happy and at the beach every other day enjoying our beautiful slice of heaven on earth.
We were also already living with cancer; we just didn’t know it yet. If you look closely at the photo of Brendan and the kids playing on the water’s edge you can see a bandage around his right thigh. He thought it was a training injury. One year after this photo was taken Brendan would lose his leg right where that bandage is, after undergoing almost a year of aggressive chemotherapy treatment.
We didn’t see it coming: as this little quote from Jack Kornfield’s – Buddha’s Little Instruction Book (1994) states; ‘the trouble is you think you have time.’
The truth is … what we have is now! Now is the only time. That has probably been one of my greatest understandings, a learning or lesson through the changes cancer has forced on my family. Now is the only time.
Two years on; we have another sit down with Brendan’s Multidisciplinary team coming up next week for an update on his progress. Tyz & Bades will be with us, and will meet the amazing people who are helping to keep their dad here – for the first time. We are looking forward to that.
Life is good and hope is limitless