Monday, 26 March 2018

2018: Update - another year has passed



For our blogger friends following Brendan's story here. I'm sorry. It's been more than a year since my last post. I hope you found us at calliemm.com

Our last post was on Feb 22 2017,  Brendan was just leaving Chris O'Brien's Lifehouse to undertake a trial treatment for the rare cancer he was diagnosed with in June 2014, at just 42 years old.
I remember that day clearly, as we left the team at LH. Viv and Bren shook hands as the doctor told his patient he was only on loan to The Garvan Centre at St Vincents, just across the city. "They can't have you." he said fondly as we left.

I have often wondered if Viv knew that he wouldn't see us again. If he knew that would be their final goodbye. He and Bren had made a great team. Bren trusted his LH team with his life and they had done their very best for him. Their best in the end wasn't enough.

The trial was not helpful to Brendan, however, he knew he was taking part in something that will help others in the future, there is great hope and reason to believe the trial he was a part of will offer successful treatment options for diseases like the rare sarcoma cancer Bren had.

Brendan died from cancer on the 31st of August 2017. My beautiful husband was courageous to the end. While facing his own mortality he was still able to inspire everyone around him to be better and do better. It is what he was put on earth to do and he fulfilled his purpose here magnificently.

The children and I are now learning to live life without him. Although he shows us almost daily that he is not far away, there are no words to explain the depth of the hole his absence leaves in our lives, or how terrible the pain is of knowing he is no longer here with us.

We miss him.

This will be the last post on thestoryofus4.blogspot.com.au, thank you for walking beside us.

Callie, Tyra & Baden




Wednesday, 22 February 2017

It's been a year


It's been a year since my last Update. Sorry. Where did that time go. I will drop a list of links here to our posts on calliemm.com for all who are following Brendans story through blogger

The adventure continues in 2017 with a new team, however as we left the LH clinic Viv reminded Brendan that they’re only loaning him to the new team, “they can’t have you,” he said as he shook Bren’s hand and we said goodbye.



Wednesday, 4 May 2016

April Update 2016

May 5: 2016 Handyman


Repost from calliemm.com
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 too large or small … he’s a good man to have around!
Thank you darling … I wish the list was shorter😉
Life is Good and Hope is Limitless.
You can find more information on Sarcoma Cancer by following this link: sarcoma.
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Sunday, 13 March 2016

13 March 16...Brendan Maloney - Gets Commando Fit pt2



March 2016  is one year to the month from Brendan’s right leg – above knee amputation.
In this footage he was enjoying his first full training session outside his own backyard; with none other than Steve Willis, better known as The Commando from Australia’s The Biggest Loser. (Brendan is usually his own trainer)
As you can see above...he went alright!


For those who have watched over Brendan as he has gone from cancer diagnosis to ongoing treatment, I know you are not surprised by what he does. You all saw him walk out of the hospital on crutches 14 days after the operation that removed his leg, and that he was jumping on trampolines within months of his amputation.
I look at my husband as a true example of what we can all aspire to be and many of us already are… and that is someone who is aware of the inner strength that he has, and knows how to put that strength into action-no matter how difficult it is.

Life is Good and Hope is Limitless.
You can find more information on Sarcoma Cancer by following this link: sarcoma.
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Saturday, 12 March 2016

Getting Commando fit!

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So this happened today! My family along with 100 other locals had the opportunity to train with Steve Willis, the much loved and sometimes feared trainer from Australia’s The Biggest Loser.
There were many inspiring individuals out there giving it a fair crack today…none more so though than Brendan. He ran, he did push ups, walking lunges  and at one stage threw his leg off to do burpee’s on one leg because it was easier than doing them with his prosthetic on.
Mmm…yep I was impressed.
Tyz and Bade’s did the complete work out too and I was proud of my entire family. No I didn’t join in as I was my husband’s leg spotter. We weren’t sure how often he was going to need me to help him pop his leg on and off through the training session…as it turned out, not very often…so I guess next time I’m training too!
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Lifes good and Hope is Limitless!
You can find more information on Sarcoma Cancer by following this link: sarcoma.PSS: Have you joined our facebook group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/storyofus4/? If you are on facebook it is a great way to connect and share :)

Tuesday, 1 March 2016

01 March 16 ... Food for thought

For years Brendan and I would settle down on the lounge most nights and relax together after the kids had gone to bed. I would put my favourite show on and he would sit with the laptop on his lap researching all things Volkswagen.

Almost 2 years ago we stopped doing this. Since Brendan's cancer diagnosis neither he nor I ever sit a laptop on our laps, and we do not allow the kids to either. I am not saying that radiation from the laptop contributed to the cancer Brendan has; we will probably never know the answer to the what caused it question, but I often wonder if it is just a coincidence that the primary tumour in his right leg occurred where the heat from the laptop radiated. There is also a smaller tumour in the exact same spot in his left femur (that we know has been there since diagnosis) and is now being managed - is that also just too much of a coincidence not to at least take preventative action?

 It's not that hard to sit a laptop on a table, desk or stool - just on the off chance that having a device sitting on your legs could cause you harm. Well that’s my line of thought now anyway and I feel strongly enough about it to share here.

If in doubt…don’t do it - is not a bad rule of thumb.

The image with this post is what the top of the vinyl stool now looks like since becoming Brendan’s laptop holder.  It didn’t have a mark on it 18 months ago!

We are constantly surrounded by Low Frequency Electromagnetic Radiation; it is found in many devices we use daily and has long been considered safe? Opinions as to whether electromagnetic radiation is capable of affecting our health negatively should definitely be up for discussion, and like with most things opinions are varied depending on individual experiences, and on what and how the energy is being used.

Always do your own research when it comes to the important things, well all things...in life. You only get one!

At the very least I would say it’s probably a good idea to get yourself and those you love out in nature and away from the modern devices we so heavily rely upon - as often as possible.

Oh and I don't put my phone in my pockets for any length of time either, nor would I put it in my bra...and no not because it would probably slip straight through!

For a little extra info checkout these links:

laptop radiation the invisible threat
is your laptop dangerous

PS: You can find more information on Sarcoma Cancer by following this link: sarcoma.
PSS: Have you joined our facebook group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/storyofus4/? If you are on facebook it is a great way to connect and share :)