5 July 2014 ….biopsy results

The last thing you want your husband to do when getting his biopsy results from his doctor, is look at you and mouth the word “fuck” … it was however a completely honest expression of what was going through his head at the time…..

We finally have the results and they are not what we were hoping for, but are what we expected after the doctor mentioned to Brendan on rounds the evening of his biopsy that “it looked nasty”.. It is a sarcoma – a cancer that begins in bone, cartilage, fat, muscle, blood vessels, or other connective or supportive tissue…it is malignant

A pretty serious diagnosis that was hard to hear but now we know and can move onto the next step in his recovery. We haven’t been given the treatment plan yet, but I imagine that they will want to get it under way asap…I know we do!…We are staying positive.

Bren’s brief moment of warranted negativity when on the phone to his doctor has since given way to his normal “let’s just get on with it” attitude.

While doing a little research, I found the following information on The Chris O’Brien Lifehouse web page and it’s startling;

Around one in two men and one in three women in Australia will get cancer. Every year in NSW alone, more than 39,000 new cases of cancer are expected to be diagnosed – that is more than 100 every day. Many people will be cured but the diagnosis is still very frightening.

Being that our little family has two boys in it, I guess for us that statistic is spot on.

I am grateful however that Brendan is young, fit and strong at this point in time, as it gives him the best possible chance of a full recovery and that is where our focus is. Not with the name of the cancer that he has, or the facts and statistics about cancer. We are focusing on the fact that Brendan is a fit strong and determined man, husband, father, son, brother, uncle and mate. He is up for the challenge and I know that he takes an enormous amount of strength from knowing that we all stand beside him.

We are surrounded by an amazing support system of family, friends, colleagues and our community in general along with an exceptional medical team and I would like to say thank you to everyone, on my family’s behalf for your positive energy, generosity and heart felt prayers. You have no idea how much it helps, we are very grateful to you all.

I promise to keep you as up to date with Brendan’s progress as possible.


Cal xx

NB: this is an archived post written in 2014 transferred from a previous blogging format


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