29 July 2014…chemo wrap-up.

Bren has just wrapped up 7 days of toxicity from his first lot of chemo and it has been a bit of a rollercoaster ride. We have a few things to get our heads around — these are just a couple of our new normals: He has to use his own bathroom. Putting it delicately he…

23 July 2014 …first chemo: crash cart required

We are both  anxious as we turn up at Day Therapy this morning. It’s 8 am and we are the first ones here. The reception area is bright and airy with a coffee and tea bar opposite the reception desk. The furniture is modern, in caramel and coffee colours and there are two widescreen TV’s…

22 July 2014…Chemo 1; meeting Team Brendan – City

It’s been a huge couple of days; Tuesday was all about meeting more of Team Brendan, and preparing for what would happen the following day  — Bren’s first chemo treatment. We started off by meeting the acting Clinical Nurse Consultant, a really friendly and extremely busy young woman. in her  early 30’s, she is tall with…

20 July 2014… a road trip to recovery

The wait is finally over, after a very long few weeks it is now all go. Brendan’s treatment starts this Tuesday. Last Wednesday, not being able to wait any longer without knowing what was going on, I sent an email off to the  Sarcoma Multidisciplinary Team requesting a treatment plan, and that same day we…

11 July 2014…the waiting game

It’s almost a  month since Brendan’s initial consultation with his doctor, at the Sydney cancer clinic. His biopsy was three weeks ago and he received the results over a week ago  — confirming that he has a large sarcoma in his right femur and a smaller one in his left. We are hoping to know…

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. We finally have the results and they are not what we were hoping for, but are what we expected after Dr P had talked to Bren after rounds.  It…

23 June 2014 … biopsy

Sunday was beautiful day for a road trip. I sat behind the wheel of Bren’s mum’s little auto Corolla feeling a little anxious about the trip ahead.  My tight grip and sweaty palms gave away my attempt to hide the nervousness I was feeling at driving in  the city and of why we were heading…

13 June 2014 … Consultation

It was  Friday the 13th of June 2014, when Brendan and I first found ourselves in Sydney, at the cancer hospital . I was glad It wasn’t a very hospital-y hospital. It made it easier to be there. We were both worried as we walked through the large sliding glass doors at the front of the…

14-15 May 2014 …Finding Cancer

May 14 2014 My Husband is living with Cancer! There  I’ve said it. I need to get my head around this awful sentence, because today we have found out that it is a strong possibility. Brendan has always been fit and healthy! He has never smoked, anything. Never done recreational drugs, has always eaten well and…

Cancer: the story of us – The End.

I had never seen him happier than when our brother Andy helped him get back on his surfboard for the first time after his amputation, or sadder than when he stood, leaning on his crutches, tears rolling down his face as he watched the boys surf second corner.