September 2014…our Dad has cancer

When we found out Brendan had Cancer one of our main concerns was how it would affect the kids. Our plan of attack was pretty simple. Keep things as normal as possible and laugh often. We knew, for a while anyway, that we wouldn’t be going on outings on weekends — home would be it…

14 August 2014…some days are hard

Keeping a positive attitude doesn’t prevent us from going through difficult times. This is something I have come to understand pretty clearly in the last couple of months. Positive thought doesn’t take away the crappy days, or the awful side effects I watch my husband go through, but it does help us to keep putting…

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…

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…

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…