Saturday, 26 December 2015

26 Dec 15 ... Radiation Therapy & Christmas in the City...tick!

Christmas in the City 2015
Due to Brendan's last radiation treatment falling on Christmas Eve our little family of 4 spent our first Christmas away from home and our extended families this year. Although we missed everyone, the city was good to us (as usual) and we spent three great days relaxing together around treatments. 

The real busy period started on Monday the 14th of December for The Maloney's of 8 Yellowfin. Tyra and Baden would be picked up early from school today so that we could get them ready for their year 6 farewell. I had helped decorate the school hall the day before rather than volunteer my time the day of - so that I could get Brendan and I ready for our down and back to Sydney the day after the formal, for his first radiation treatment.  (a 10 hour round trip with rest breaks.. not including the hour appointment)

The farewell went off without a hitch and I was glad to also be able to help in the kitchen with food service on the night. This gave me the opportunity to look in from the outside briefly every now and then as Tyz and Bades spent this precious last night with their primary school friends and teachers.

The day after Bren's first treatment was the last day of primary school ...ever, for the kids. He and I, along with their aunty Deb watched as the whole school formed an honour guard for our gorgeous year six leavers at the 3 o'clock bell. Emotional? Yes! I laughed as I watched Bades walk through the tunnel of kids, teachers, parents & family with his selfie stick out the front capturing the moment forever, and cried with Tyz as she hugged Miss Smithurst...knowing she didn't want to let her go.

This school has been incredibly good for our children and to our family ...we will miss being here.

Two days later Bren and I were back in Sydney for his second treatment, as good fortune would have it we accidently ran into Dr Bhadri as we made our way to clinic reception to drop off a thank you gift for him...it was wonderful to have the opportunity to thank this amazing man in person for all that he has done and continues to do for our family. Choosing to stay over Friday night we enjoyed an intimate dinner together and got a good night sleep before hitting the road again.

Home again long enough for Bren to attend his amputee clinic on Monday and be fitted with a new socket for his prosthetic leg (another advancement in his amputee journey), it was back to Sydney on the Tuesday. With a car packed to the brim full of kids, luggage and Chrissy presents, we set off for the final two treatments, a day apart, radiation was done and dusted by 2 pm Christmas Eve.

Although exhausted, we had a lovely time...we laughed, we watched polar express with the kids on Chrissy Eve - which always makes Brendan and I cry, Brendan had treatment, we ate, we swam, we shopped, we had some squabbles and most of all had lot's of fun. All in all... it was a pretty normal Maddalena-Maloney Christmas.

We drove home Christmas Day, didn't miss the crazy traffic like expected and are now enjoying a very relaxed Boxing day as we look forward to catching up with our families and a very special little man by the name of Ashton Michael Wynter!

Yep; as mentioned in my last post... in the middle all the hectic madness of Christmas we were blessed to have two beautiful little bubs' join our families.

Being an Aunty & Uncle is Great!!!


Life's good and hope is limitless

Cal xx

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Monday, 21 December 2015

21 Dec 15... Merry Christmas

As I pause briefly between packing to head off to Sydney again and cooking dinner, I thought I would take this opportunity to wish our family and friends a very Merry Christmas.

It is the first time Brendan and I have spent Christmas Day away from our respective extended families and will miss the joy and Merriment of Christmas Day with our loved ones. However, we are also just a little excited about spending this special time of the year with just our precious little family of four. We will be kicking back in the city enjoying each other and a little rest and relaxation, as Bren wraps up another year of treatment.

We have so much to be grateful for and will spend many quiet moments, I'm sure, over the next couple of days reflecting on the abundance of love we have in our lives; and celebrating that - along with the addition of two beautiful, new little family members who joined our families in the month of December (Tayla Maloney & Ashton Wynter), making us an Aunty and Uncle again and a first time Great Aunty & Great Uncle ... reminding us that life is good and Hope is limitless...

Merry Christmas Everyone xx

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PS: A big thank you to our house sitters ...you guys rock! See you when we get back xx

Tuesday, 15 December 2015

15 Dec 15 .... A night to remember!

9 Months:  the window of time my husband gave himself to learn how to confidently walk again after his amputation...

He didn't just walk - he danced! 

Nine months seems reasonable right... knowing how determined he is! Yet back in those early days the enormity of what he had to do to walk again was completely unknown to him. He just knew that he had to do it well by December the 14th.  That was the day he would dance with our daughter at her year 6 farewell...while I danced with our son.

The fact that he would still be fighting to rid himself of cancer didn't come into the equation. He has done what was required, no matter how frustrating, sometimes funny and mostly difficult. Slowly progress was made on both fronts.

He was never going to let his little girl down. The four of us were going to be on that dance floor together... come hell or high water!

I remember sitting at an organising committee meeting for the formal, still a couple of months out, when we were discussing how all of the parents would dance the Pride of Erin with their children at the end of the evening. It's a lovely way to end such a special occasion. I voiced my concerns about not being sure if Brendan would be able to join in. Lee, a very good friend and fellow committee member looked at me and simply said "he'll dance!"

And dance he did! 

Lee just happened to take the pictures to prove it :)

Last night our two gorgeous 12 year olds enjoyed the final, formal farewell celebration of their Primary School Years... with all of their friends. And Brendan and I were overjoyed to both be there to help celebrate. It was an incredibly proud time for all of the parents (and teachers), none more so than me - when Brendan took Tyra by the hand and led her on to the dance floor, and for Brendan when Baden took me by the hand and did the same.

What a night!

Life's good and hope is limitless

Cal xx

PS: Getting ready to go Click Here. 

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Monday, 23 November 2015

23 nov 15 ... Dealing with Disappointment.

We are just home from a quick trip to Sydney, and have spent the weekend unpacking, washing and packing again for our family holiday to the Gold Coast with the children. We have been planning this trip for months, logistically it hasn’t been easy to fit anything in around Brendan’s cancer treatment and amputee clinics…but we found a week that worked and locked it in.Today the radiation oncology department rang to say they needed Bren in Sydney this Wednesday to prep for his upcoming treatment – yep ...Wednesday was the day we were to be driving to Queensland, not spending the day in Sydney. The best laid plans had come undone and all I could do was cry. Pretty much every time I had to tell anyone that mattered! That was before we had even told the children.

When they had both come home from school; we sat around the table and had a family meeting. The thought that they were in trouble gave way to disappointment when we told them the news. Bren, Tyz and I all cried…again. Bades held it together; they both understood that getting dads radiation treatment underway and getting him better was more important than a holiday.

We thanked them for being awesome and told them awesomeness was like a boomerang…when you put it out there it always comes back to you.

The fact that Brendan’s medical team make things happen quickly is awesome, even when the timing doesn’t really feel awesome. But the speed at which they make things happen these days is a reminder to us that he is dealing with an incredibly serious illness and we want to do everything we can to get on top of it…so when they say "we can do this now", we say "we’ll be there. " Time is everything. We are also incredibly grateful to be surrounded by lots of awesomeness - as it allows us to say how high…when they say jump!

We’re on the road again :)
Life’s good and hope is limitless
Cal xx

You can find more information on Sarcoma Cancer by following this link: sarcoma.

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Friday, 20 November 2015

20 Nov 15: Radiation Consult

Regina Tse is a petite woman with straight dark hair. She wears large, dark framed glasses that balance effortlessly on her tiny nose. They give a modern edge to her conservative, professional look. She was instantly likeable and incredibly friendly; in consultation she leaves you in no doubt that she knows exactly what she is talking about, which is great because she is the latest doctor to join Brendan’s incredible medical team.

Regina is a Radiation Oncologist and will treat the tumour in Brendan’s lung that isn’t playing nice. Radiation like chemotherapy has a very broad range of treatment options and is tailored specifically to the person presenting and their disease. Like chemotherapy, radiation is readily available throughout the country. Fortunately for Brendan – for the rare form of sarcoma he has, Regina has the expertise to provide him with the specific treatment he needs, and is only four hours away.

Regina has worked with Viv (Bren’s oncologist) before; on other patients - with great results. Having Brendan’s entire team within easy communication of each other, through Lifehouse, is an added bonus and ensures that all treatment logistics are worked out fairly quickly. So here we go again…this treatment should be complete within a 2 week period of starting and will start sometime in December (dates to be confirmed). 


December! Yep, it’s almost here and we are going to be busier than a one legged man in an arse kicking competition – again, (the one legged man quote is not mine…but is appropriate :) )…please forgive us if our communication is limited, slow or zero over this period. Having said that, I’m gathering everyone else is going to be pretty busy too. Wow this year is almost over…where did that one go?

I know one thing for sure... in our house we will all be jumping for joy to see the New Year in!

Even at it's busiest - Life is good and hope is limitless :)
Cal xx

You can find more information on Sarcoma Cancer by following this link: sarcoma.

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Monday, 16 November 2015

16 Nov 15 ... let the fun begin


Me & The PT
Cloud nine is a great place to be! It's really comfy here; I'm hoping we can hangout for a long, long time.
Today we got to get back to a bit of normality. Other than some Radiation coming up and another trip to Sydney on Thursday for the consult for that, we have a few months of treatment at home before the next review. The sigh of relief this brings is enormous.

This morning just felt like a normal day... which is an amazing feeling, granted it is a new kind of normal, especially for Brendan, but to have some space to breathe...I can't find the words to explain how good that feels.

So; this morning the kids had left for school and we were doing the after breakfast clean up, when my husband looked at me with concern. Which was odd; because the whole weekend had been mushy, you know...lots of goofy smiling at each other, followed by plenty of kissing. Sorry, grossing out the younger generation...but us 40/50 somethings, still kiss :)
I was a little wary. And then he said, "Do you want to start training again?" 
Shit!!! The PT was back, and there was nowhere to hide. 

Now I knew we had our lives back! I of course said, yes!" Even if I'm not sure that I meant it in that moment... but it was time. So yes it is, and today I did my first lot of training with my husband since his diagnosis. All went well until I pulled a muscle in my groin...I know! Bloody walking lunges bought me undone. Holy crap I've got some work to do, lucky I had a great PT to help me keep going! I’ve said it before; if he can train me…he can train anyone.

Stay tuned for the training challenges, progress and maybe the odd fight ahead (apparently I can be a bit of a sooky lala) ...I have a feeling there will be plenty to write about! 

Wish me Luck - and I have to say... it will be nice to feel physically strong again!

See! Life is good and hope is limitless :)
Cal xx

You can find more information on Sarcoma Cancer by following this link: sarcoma.

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Saturday, 14 November 2015

14 Nov 15 : The results are in … for those about to Rock – Get up and Dance!

yep..that is a bunch of people behind Brendan sitting
through an AC/DC concert by choice??
Well that was one huge week! Stay with me, this may be a long post :)

Most important news first! We are just back from Sydney and Bren and I are really happy with his Oncology Review results from yesterday. The first thing Viv said on seeing Bren was, "I can see you've been taking the medication." Side effect! My husbands hair has come back white grey. All hair; head, face, arms and legs. Amazing. The last type of chemo sent it jet black! It's crazy stuff! 

The results are: There is nothing new showing up; this means there is no evidence of disease progression in the last two months. The relief at hearing this is indescribable; suffice to say there were tears of joy. Viv (oncologist) had to remind us that there was still a ways to go, we know that, but to hear there had been no progression felt like we were being told he’d been cured. He hasn’t, but hope is limitless and we were just given plenty of  hope.

All of the tumours presenting in bone; (left femur, right clavicle and a rib on the left side)  along with 2 of the lung tumours; look to be a bit smaller…. Halleluiah, thank you for all of the prayers, positive thoughts … love and support that we have been showered with! There really is strength in numbers. And thank you to my husband for being the strongest, hottest man in the world! 

The third lung tumour has grown a little larger (there’s one in every family that just won't play the game!!) but Viv thinks some radiation may deal with it...so they are looking into that now.


Chemo treatment can continue at home...yay!! Radiation will be at Lifehouse, can be done over a 3 to 4 day period, and Bren doesn't have to stay in hospital - as far as we know at this stage. So; at least we'll have a few nights in Sydney together.  A mini radiation getaway! Friday the 13th was our very lucky day. We’re excited.

The week prior to a review is fraught with anxiety, you’re pretty much waiting to see where your life is going. We have been to many, with mixed results – thankfully this time around we had a hell of a distraction to take our minds off what was coming up! 

The Saturday night before the review was all about AC/DC! Yes! We were there at ANZ Stadium…Brendan had purchased tickets earlier in the year during one of his many chemo infusions at Lifehouse. It had been a long time coming and was finally here.

We had settled into the Pullman as guests of wonderful friends, were treated like royalty and enjoyed Oysters, sushi and cocktails at the executive bar on the 16th floor, prior to the concert. We purchased the required AC/DC merchandise before entering the stadium, and somewhere along the way I lost my phone…bugger!

The only thing left to do now was Rock. And the four of us were ready and raring to go! These guys never disappoint. We know, we have all seen them before, and after the year we’d had we were about to enjoy the best damn birthday presents we’d ever got!  

There was a rumbling in the crowd, the excitement grew, the lights dimmed and to thunderous applause the boys exploded on stage with Rock or Bust. It was electric! Simultaneously the four of us were on our feet, it was like Angus had grabbed us by the shoulders and pulled us out of our seats as soon as his fingers hit his guitar strings.

And then it happened…a small blimp on what was an exceptional night. I’m going to swear here so please forgive me. Yes! A security guard came over and asked my one legged, f@ck off cancer, dancing man to sit down... along with me and the kids and another guy having a go and a good time. Apparently the people behind us couldn’t see and were complaining, as they all watched the best live concert you could hope to see - through their ipods and iphones!! We didn’t know the whole stadium wasn’t on their feet. For f@ck sake, it’s an ACDC concert! (Mind you through ; none of the whingers had any trouble walking to and from the bar at the top of the stairs – maybe they’d never seen a man dance one a prosthetic leg before; and didn’t like being shown up! )

Brendan has seen AC/DC live five times, I have been four times, and this was the kids second time. the boys in the band are getting on in age…who knows if we'll ever get the chance to see them live again…and we were told we would have to watch from our seats. Un f@cking believable!! But as you can see from this post it didn’t stop us from rocking out with the band for the entire gig. You can’t keep a good man down, and mine wasn’t going to let a bunch of whingers stop him from having the night he deserved.

If I had the opportunity to say something to those who complained it would be this… “if you are ever lucky enough to find yourself at another AC/DC concert, please have a bit of thought for those that are actually there to enjoy it. Just sayin!

For those about to Rock…for f@ck Sake….get up and dance! Life is what you make it!

Cal xx
Life is good, hope is limitless.

You can find more information on Sarcoma Cancer by following this link: sarcoma.

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Thursday, 29 October 2015

29 Oct 15 ... fight song

Not long ago a friend asked if Brendan and I had a fight Song! You know that song that always gets you through the tough times. I had to admit we don't. We have a fight band...with a catalogue of songs that have not just seen us (Brendan especially) through his ongoing cancer fight, but have pretty much always been the soundtrack to everything we do.



They're Brendan's band really, it just turns out that I quite like them too. And the kids love them.
He has seen them the last 4 times they have toured Australia, me the last 3, and we took Tyra and Baden to see them for the first time in Sydney in 2010, ( they were only six; going on seven and looked so cute in the t-shirts their dad made for them) . Bades played air guitar the whole time, not missing a song. Tyz may have fallen asleep briefly, but loved what she could stay awake for.

Not only has this band motivated Brendan through many hours of sweat and tears over the years when training, they were also our go to music whenever we travelled with the kids...not once did we have to listen to the wiggles on a long road trip. I know many parents out there just read that bit with envy.

So when we heard they were touring again in 2015, after all Brendan has been through, and the fact that their music has played a part in motivating him every step of the way, there was no way he wasn't going to try to get tickets. A small hurdle was that the day the tickets went on sale he was in hospital receiving chemotherapy, but that didn’t stop him either.


Several times he almost had four tickets secured and the site would time out. Only that the wall of his treatment cubical was ceiling to floor glass, I thought he might throw his old Samsung phone at it. It was frustrating and wasn't looking like we were going to be successful. Time was running out fast; we knew it wouldn’t take long for the tickets to sell out.   

And then it happened! Our tickets were secured, even his chemo nurse squealed with us, in delight. The Maloney's birthday presents for the coming year had been purchased. On Saturday night, the 7th of November, our little family will be going to see ACDC live in Sydney. It will be five days after Tyra and Baden turn 12 and 6 days before Brendan's next Oncology Review. (where we sit down again with Viv, to see how successful chemotherapy has been at home for Brendan, and if it is something that can be continued.)

We will be celebrating like crazy next Saturday night with ACDC and thousands of other fans! It's going to be a great night. And yes, I’m a bit excited.

For those about to Rock... we salute you!

Life’s good and hope is limitless.

Cal xx

PS: I big shout out to Kristine and Dave, you know why…we love you guys.


Monday, 19 October 2015

19 Oct 15 ... Birthdays are Awesome!

"It is with the wisdom of age we come to realise that the simplest things can bring the greatest pleasure."

Yesterday we celebrated Brendan's birthday in the best way. Quietly enjoying a day long celebration; it started with breakfast at his parent’s farm with his Mum, Dad and brother Lindsay. Followed by a few relaxing hours at home that included special birthday cake making madness by Tyra and Baden, a visit from my Sister Sue, her husband Michael and our niece Tori, and ended with an intimate family dinner for four at one of our favourite restaurants.

Throughout the day Brendan received phone calls and fb messages from all of his favourite people; which I would have to say was icing on the cake!

We love the simple life :)

Life’s good, hope is limitless and birthdays are awesome.
Cal xx

You can find more information on Sarcoma Cancer by following this link: sarcoma.
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Wednesday, 14 October 2015

14 Oct 15 ... a picture diary entry

Chemo at Home ... allows us to do this!

weekend beach play :)
Bren and I do this some weekdays too...sshhhh don't tell the kids!















Life is Good and Hope is Limitless.

Enjoy your weekends everyone, they are precious!
Cal xx
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Monday, 5 October 2015

5 Oct 15 ... Long Weekend Wrap up with Brendan Maloney

Photo: Old Bar Beach Festival FB Page
So my (and my little family’s) week went a little bit like this:
Wednesday: “Hopped” in for my first swim at the beach for the summer
Thursday: Beach again, in for another swim and cracked a few really good body surfing waves, (I’ve still got it!)
Friday: Caught up with some good friends that we had not seen in way too long



Saturday: Had the privilege of being the lead kombi for the Old Bar Festival Kombi Cruise


Photo: Old Bar Beach Festival FB Page
Sunday: Joined the other 252 kombis on display at the Old Bar Festival 

Decided it was time to ditch the crutches & learn to walk again in the real world, so we set of on a “hands free” lap of the Old Bar Festival, negotiating the crowd, and varying terrain. They say sometimes you have to take a really big bite & chew like mad. And chew I did.
Received a generous gift from the people of Manning River Lions Club, our awesome community continues to amaze us

Monday: “Walked” around to the neighbours for swim in their pool – tick

Sitting here now, tired & sunburnt, doesn’t get much better than that.


- Brendan Maloney

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Thursday, 1 October 2015

1 Oct 15 ... Update: Home Chemo Treatment 2 weeks On

Us ... enjoying the Holidays at Home
Well; from our viewpoint, if all of Brendan's fortnightly check ups come back clear, and this treatment prevents the cancer from progressing... we are winning. Fingers crossed; the next appointment with Dr Bhadri on Nov 12 will confirm our hopes.

My husband is the healthiest looking patient I've ever seen. This new treatment is not knocking him around, so we are slowly starting to dance again to our new family rhythm.

The last week of  beautiful weather has allowed us to spend several days enjoying our stunning local beaches, we are catching up with old friends tomorrow, and the Old Bar Festival starts this Saturday. Yes... there will be kombi's everywhere - that's heaven in a weekend for my family.

Life is Good and Hope is Limitless.

Have a happy and safe long weekend everyone.


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

Saturday, 26 September 2015

26 Sept 15 ... #my life in a bag

bag contents most recently
This one is for the Girls....
It has been a long year!  We have settled into Brendan's treatment at home and things are going well. The other day as I unpacked our overnight bag, which has sat on our bedroom floor on and off - but mostly on, since June last year, I thought I would tackle the task of cleaning out my handbag too. 

As I up ended the contents onto the floor; it occurred to me that at every stage of my life, what was in my bag has told the story of  where I was at a particular point in my life. 

How on earth do men get through their day with just a wallet in their back pocket? 

I wish I had taken a picture at each stage... from memory, the main contents of those bags from years gone by went something like this...

Teenage years... 2 bags:
Bag 1: School port (yep.. a blast from the past, Globite)
  1. Books
  2. pencil case
  3. wallet
  4. lip gloss (Vaseline was the go to lip gloss of the day)
Bag 2: Beach Bag
  1. Coconut tanning lotion (or a concoction of baby oil and brown vinegar)
  2. Lip gloss (Vaseline)
  3. Towel & loose change
  4. Dolly/Cosmo magazine & maybe a small radio.
Life was at its most carefree.

20's/ Early 30's ...2 Bags: 
Bag 1: Work Bag
  1. Wallet
  2. Make up bag (containing real lip gloss as now I could afford it :) )
  3. Half empty bottle of coke
  4. Change of underwear in case I decided to stay in town after work
Bag 2: Large Purse/ Small Bag for nights out
  1. Lip gloss
  2. Real actual money, as in Cash
  3. ID
I don't appreciate the little things as much as I should have...too busy (or so I thought) with work and enjoying a hectic and fun social life :) 

Late 30's/Early 40's ...2 bags: 
Bag 1: Nappy Bag
  1. Everything a baby x 2, could possibly need
  2. Hotwheels cars
  3. Half eaten morsels of food that may be needed later, but were usually found two days down the track still wrapped in a napkin...Tyra Maloney!
  4. Camera
Bag 2: Handbag
  1. Nothing...because everything stayed in the nappy bag and it went everywhere!
All of my dreams have come true, I am content, happier and busier than I have ever been before.

Late 40's to 50...  2 bags:
Bag 1: Huge handbag
  1. Too many items to mention, including everyone in the family's coat, if its winter time. 
Bag 2: Large Purse or Small Bag (for that rare lunch date or night out, or when at the hospital and i have to go up the street, not wanting to lug the big bag with me - I have resorted to a bag inside a bag!) 
  1. Lip gloss
  2. Cash/Credit/Debit Card
  3. ID
As my family faces our biggest challenge, I am super busy, at times extremely stressed but also very happy. I love my family and I now understand what truly makes me happy! Life's good because life - is good.

So I am interested to know ...what does your bag/s say about your life today, and how different is it from the one you have carried as a teenager, a twenty something, a Mum and or Career Woman or a Retired Goddess!

Life's Good, Hope is Limitless
Cal 
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You can find more information on Sarcoma Cancer by following this link: sarcoma.

Thursday, 17 September 2015

17 Sept 15 ... what does Deer mean

Brendan and I were tidying up behind our back fence today, when a deer honked at us. We turned to see its backside disappear into the bushes, and then for some reason it did a sharp turn back toward us, so that it could leap into full view, before taking off into the bush again. We looked at each other a bit gobsmacked, until one of us said “Deer!” 

Of course I needed to find a metaphysical explanation for this rare sighting, as you don't see many deer in our part of the world, especially not in our almost backyard. It is the first time in my life that I’ve seen a deer roaming free. I like what I found.

Deer Symbolism: a totem animal for peace and compassion.
Spirit Meaning: New doors are opening…just as the deer is on a life long journey, exploring new lands and pastures. So are you. The deer leaps high and far, reminding you that a leap of faith is required. This is especially so if you are experiencing periods of great change in career, relationships or life path. The Deer is reminding you to embrace the energy that comes with new circumstance, adventure and the doors that are opening for you now. Let the Deer walk beside you as you take its gentle, peaceful, compassionate energy to heart. Know that when you leap, a net appears… let go of old ideas to allow you to move forward with new. You are being guided in the right direction.

This is normally a post I would write on Callie's Quiet Room and Reiki Practice, but I have added it to the Story Of Us, as on Monday Brendan started his new Treatment Plan, and is now taking his Chemotherapy at home. A whole new adventure as the next step in this part of our journey begins. Four days in, and so far everything seems to be going very well. 
I am taking our Deer sighting today as a very positive sign,

Life's Good, Hope is Limitless
Cal 
heart emoticon xx


You can find more information on Sarcoma Cancer by following this link: sarcoma.