Cancer: 5 things I’ve learned

Everything has surprised me about cancer. As much as I thought I knew, it turns out that I know nothing and even now 3 years on, I can only know how it affects me personally.  Although I have been beside my husband throughout the last three years, sat in on every consult and by his bedside through every operation recovery and every chemo infusion; I still have very little idea of how it feels for him to be the one facing this disease head on.

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…

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…

Oct 21: 2016 -Brendan’s latest update

October 21: 2016 861: the number of days (approx) that we have been riding this cancer rollercoaster! Phase two begins. Joining the MoST Program. What is the MoST Program? The Cancer Molecular Screening and Therapeutics (MoST) Program is a clinical research program that Brendan has been invited to take part in. It is testing a new…

Cancer: I don’t know what to say or do?

Cancer: I don’t know what to say or do! I know how that feels, before Brendan had cancer I didn’t either. Maybe I still wouldn’t if given the news that someone else I know, love, or care about has cancer. But here are just a few tips that I can share through personal experience, that…

22 Day Push Up Challenge

Every now and then I’m quick enough to catch my husband doing his thing on video. Today it was day 1 of the 22 day push up challenge that he is participating in on facebook. Below you can read his fb comment on the reason why he is participating. Brendan Maloney:  “This challenge holds a deep…

Guest

It was June, 2014. Winter! Cool, but not cold. Or not as cold as you might expect anyway, when our guest arrived. There was no knock on the door, and no excitement at his arrival. Shock! There was shock. There was anger, some confusion and frustration too.  He didn’t care. He was everywhere. Everytime I…