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.

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