Denial

It isn’t denial. Although I have been asked empathetically several times since my husband’s cancer diagnosis, in no uncertain terms, well  the terms probably were uncertain, as the words ‘ do you really understand what’s happening, because if you do you couldn’t possibly remain this upbeat, optimistic, positive’ have never actually left anyone’s lips, but the sentiment has been inferred. It is always well meaning, void of ill feeling and completely out of genuine concern, but never by anyone who truly knows me.

Green

Photo challenge: It IS Easy Being Green! Shades of Green… Green is one of my favourite colours, the other is blue. Funnily enough there is an old saying that states Blue and Green should never be seen together, yet every day in nature they compliment each other beautifully. Rules are for breaking! Old Bar Beach NSW…

Symptom

It got me thinking about how our body speaks to us in a language that is not always easy to understand, and can go completely unheard.

14/03/17: immunotherapy update

ITT: 06-03-17 The sixth of March was a wet day in the city and marked a new chapter in Brendan and our family’s cancer story. We got to The Kinghorn Cancer Centre early on the morning of treatment, so walked up Victoria St a little way before it started, until we found a shoe box…

Bren’s Immunotherapy Trial: Update

Just a quick note to let everyone following Brendan’s progress know that he has been given the greenlight to start the immunotherapy trial. He will receive his first treatment on Tuesday. Thank you all for your kind words, well wishes, positive thoughts and prayers. We appreciate you all more than we could possibly say in…

Update: Immunotherapy Consult

You know you’re from Australia: when you leave for your husband’s doctors appointment at 8:30am and it’s almost 10pm when you get home. You’ve covered 630km by car in the round trip and got to eat really good hot chips and gravy, from the caltex – on the way home for dinner, yes you were…

Wisdom on Sunday

Wisdom Oracle: Card 21 Are you focusing too much on other people right now? As you go about the business of helping others, you are being reminded that it is imperative that you are taking care of You first. You cannot nourish those in need from an empty cup, and may not actually be helping…

Loving You to better health

The weekend is the perfect place to start a new Daily Practice: Try this: Love Every day for 10 days place your focus on love. No matter where you are or what you are doing, no matter who you encounter; replace all judgement and action with love, starting with You. In fact most importantly You!…

What cancer can and cannot do

A Curated TBT Post: from my original blog: the storyofus4.blogspot.com.au Next week we head to Sydney for a consult for the new immunotherapy trial Bren has been signed up for. It got me thinking; as I remembered a post I had written on my previous blog dated 18 April 2015.  Back then I was pondering the…

Against the Odds

Weekly Photo Challenge: Against the Odds  – Daily Prompt: Blur This photo was not taken this week at Brendans last review (for now) with his multidisciplinary team at the Chris O’Brien Lifehouse, it is one of hundreds I have taken since his diagnosis. It reminds me of how many times my husband Brendan has won…

Update: February 2017

February update: Review Monday 13 of Feb saw us hit the city for the first time for 2017. Bren had to have an MRI on his residual leg to find out why it’s too painful to wear his prosthetic. The results would be ready to present at his review with the medical team on Friday….

5 things you can do as a cancer carer

5 things you can do  (a carer’s perspective): Coming into Brendans next review; rereading this post from my previous blog (The Story of Us), dated August 2015, is a timely reminder. I have curated it here: My top five: choices I remind myself to make (most of the time) to help deal with my husbands cancer…