look up

Photo Challenge at A Daily Post: Look Up  shot on Fujifilm FinePix S4500 This photo was taken at the beginning of hope. It was the first time I had the chance to really look at this amazing hospital. A beautiful building in the middle of a city, set this day against a pretty blue sky. It…

Guest

Daily Prompt: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….

Tumour Clinic: Update

Good news! As the boys got comfy on one of the cream couches at the clinic yesterday, Tyz and I decided to go down to the reflection room to fill in some time before Brendan’s appointment began. We had no sooner walked in and made ourselves at home on the meditation cushion when Bren called…

July: Sarcoma Awareness Month

Brendan was diagnosed with an undifferentiated pleomorphic sarcoma in 2014, it is now metastatic. He lost his leg to the disease in march of 2015. This picture was taken maybe 12 weeks after his amputation. Two in five patients with sarcoma will go on to die from their disease. The effect of sarcoma on the…

We Think We Have Time

I went in search of a photo this morning and came across an album that this post collage has been created from. I hadn’t seen this album in a while.  Life can change in an instant… This was March 2014: the Easter School Holidays; to me these are a profound set of images depicting our…

Update -MRI Results

The Story of Us: Dr P rang last night; the results of Brendan’s MRI are inconclusive. We aren’t considering this bad news, bad would have been definitive evidence of recurrence in his residual. So it’s back to the city in 4 to 5 weeks to sit down with the entire team again,  to have a…

Update – The Story of Us

The Story of Us: two years down the track! It’s two years since we were first told that Brendan has an undifferentiated pleomorthic sarcoma: setting us on a path of discovery, heartache, hope, recovery, recurrence, disappointment, elation, exhaustion, confusion, anger, frustration, learning, teaching, acceptance, joy and love – to name just a few. A rollercoaster…

Bren’s Oncology Review

The Story of Us: We are home from Brendan’s latest oncology review in the city. After his 7am PET scan this morning, Bren’s entire team were assembled by 10:30ish for the review; logistically no mean feat I’m sure. Oncologist: Dr V, Orthopaedic Surgeon: Dr P, Radiologist Dr (Name has slipped my memory as it wasn’t…

Handyman

The Story of Us: You know rego is just around the corner when you see the husband sitting under the car instead of in it…. Some jobs may take longer to get done, and sometimes even longer to recover from -but that doesn’t stop a good handyman. Obviously from post picture -no seated job is…

Brendan Gets Commando Fit

The Story of Us: – This is Repost as we slowly move from blogspot to wordpress – To our regulars that may see posts again as they are added and shared automatically through several social media formats: Thanks for your patience . A little get fit stay fit-inspo video attached for anyone looking 🙂 Life…

1st Ampuversary

 The Story of Us Retrospective: 4 quick  glimpses back into March 31st 2015 – Chpt 6 amputation The morning of Brendan’s operation came around fast. In those last couple of days leading up to it, seeing him in so much pain was unbearable. At one point he said through clenched teeth “only a couple of days…

Living with Cancer

  Retrospective: the following is a diary entry from yesterday – one year ago. I am grateful we honoured our brother in-law Andy’s birthday in a much nicer way this year. One year on  from his amputation Brendan is still living with cancer and we are grateful for the progress he continues to make. Diary…