7 August 2014… hair today gone tomorrow

In the shower on Thursday when we were getting ready to go down for the next lot of treatment Bren’s hair started falling out, just like that!  It was like OK today’s the day, and every time he put his hands near his hair some of it fell out. Ironically he had a pretty good…

23 July 2014 …first chemo: crash cart required

It’s fair to say we are both very 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 a bright airy room, with a coffee and tea bar opposite the reception desk. The furniture is modern, in caramel and coffee colours…

22 July 2014…Chemo 1; meeting more of Team Brendan

It’s been a huge couple of days; Tuesday was all about meeting more of Teambrendanm, 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. Probably in her mid to late 20’s or maybe…

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 Chris O’Brien Lifehouse Sarcoma Multidisciplinary Team requesting a treatment plan, and that…

11 July 2014…the waiting game

Its two days short of one month since Brendan’s initial consultation with his doctor at Sydney’s Lifehouse. It’s three weeks and four days since his biopsy and one week tomorrow since we received the biopsy results, and heard the life changing news that he has a sarcoma in his right femur [it is the primary cancer]….

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…

14 May 2014 …Finding Cancer

“My Husband is living with Cancer!” There, I’ve said it! His health and fitness have always been a priority! He has never smoked, and I mean anything. Never done recreational drugs, has always eaten well and in the last few years has pretty much stopped drinking alcohol; due to an allergic type reaction to most types. He…

Housekeeping.

To the lovely friends of my blog, I will be taking a bloggers housekeeping vacation for the next little while. I am taking some time out to organise and transfer all of the archived posts from my blogspot account, regarding my family’s cancer story over the last three years, to calliemm.com. I am doing this…

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…

Update: Radiation

Saturday 12, Nov 2016-11-12 Bren’s treatment update: That’s ten days of radiation for Brendan done and dusted! Even though the treatment centre was an hour up the road, it was an easy drive. Bren’s Mum and Dad volunteered to go with him on two occasions in the second week, as I was a little sleep…