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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