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