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

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

For more info on the  Old Bar beach Festival (the Maloney's fave weekend of the year) Pop over and find them on facebook by clicking on link above.

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