Wednesday, 4 May 2016

April Update 2016

May 5: 2016 Handyman


Repost from calliemm.com
You know rego is just around the corner when you see the husband sitting under the car instead of in it….

Some jobs may take longer to get done, and sometimes even longer to recover from -but that doesn’t stop a good handyman.
Obviously from post picture -no seated job is too large or small … he’s a good man to have around!
Thank you darling … I wish the list was shorter😉
Life is Good and Hope is Limitless.
You can find more information on Sarcoma Cancer by following this link: sarcoma.
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Sunday, 13 March 2016

13 March 16...Brendan Maloney - Gets Commando Fit pt2



March 2016  is one year to the month from Brendan’s right leg – above knee amputation.
In this footage he was enjoying his first full training session outside his own backyard; with none other than Steve Willis, better known as The Commando from Australia’s The Biggest Loser. (Brendan is usually his own trainer)
As you can see above...he went alright!


For those who have watched over Brendan as he has gone from cancer diagnosis to ongoing treatment, I know you are not surprised by what he does. You all saw him walk out of the hospital on crutches 14 days after the operation that removed his leg, and that he was jumping on trampolines within months of his amputation.
I look at my husband as a true example of what we can all aspire to be and many of us already are… and that is someone who is aware of the inner strength that he has, and knows how to put that strength into action-no matter how difficult it is.

Life is Good and Hope is Limitless.
You can find more information on Sarcoma Cancer by following this link: sarcoma.
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Saturday, 12 March 2016

Getting Commando fit!

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So this happened today! My family along with 100 other locals had the opportunity to train with Steve Willis, the much loved and sometimes feared trainer from Australia’s The Biggest Loser.
There were many inspiring individuals out there giving it a fair crack today…none more so though than Brendan. He ran, he did push ups, walking lunges  and at one stage threw his leg off to do burpee’s on one leg because it was easier than doing them with his prosthetic on.
Mmm…yep I was impressed.
Tyz and Bade’s did the complete work out too and I was proud of my entire family. No I didn’t join in as I was my husband’s leg spotter. We weren’t sure how often he was going to need me to help him pop his leg on and off through the training session…as it turned out, not very often…so I guess next time I’m training too!
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Lifes good and Hope is Limitless!
You can find more information on Sarcoma Cancer by following this link: sarcoma.PSS: Have you joined our facebook group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/storyofus4/? If you are on facebook it is a great way to connect and share :)

Tuesday, 1 March 2016

01 March 16 ... Food for thought

For years Brendan and I would settle down on the lounge most nights and relax together after the kids had gone to bed. I would put my favourite show on and he would sit with the laptop on his lap researching all things Volkswagen.

Almost 2 years ago we stopped doing this. Since Brendan's cancer diagnosis neither he nor I ever sit a laptop on our laps, and we do not allow the kids to either. I am not saying that radiation from the laptop contributed to the cancer Brendan has; we will probably never know the answer to the what caused it question, but I often wonder if it is just a coincidence that the primary tumour in his right leg occurred where the heat from the laptop radiated. There is also a smaller tumour in the exact same spot in his left femur (that we know has been there since diagnosis) and is now being managed - is that also just too much of a coincidence not to at least take preventative action?

 It's not that hard to sit a laptop on a table, desk or stool - just on the off chance that having a device sitting on your legs could cause you harm. Well that’s my line of thought now anyway and I feel strongly enough about it to share here.

If in doubt…don’t do it - is not a bad rule of thumb.

The image with this post is what the top of the vinyl stool now looks like since becoming Brendan’s laptop holder.  It didn’t have a mark on it 18 months ago!

We are constantly surrounded by Low Frequency Electromagnetic Radiation; it is found in many devices we use daily and has long been considered safe? Opinions as to whether electromagnetic radiation is capable of affecting our health negatively should definitely be up for discussion, and like with most things opinions are varied depending on individual experiences, and on what and how the energy is being used.

Always do your own research when it comes to the important things, well all things...in life. You only get one!

At the very least I would say it’s probably a good idea to get yourself and those you love out in nature and away from the modern devices we so heavily rely upon - as often as possible.

Oh and I don't put my phone in my pockets for any length of time either, nor would I put it in my bra...and no not because it would probably slip straight through!

For a little extra info checkout these links:

laptop radiation the invisible threat
is your laptop dangerous

PS: You can find more information on Sarcoma Cancer by following this link: sarcoma.
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Friday, 19 February 2016

19 Feb 16 Oncology Review

The week or so leading up to each oncology review is tinged with just a little anxiety, and the old Forrest Gump quote "life is like a box of chocolates" is quite true of each one ... you never quite know what you're going to get until you open the box!

This time we liked what we got. Three happy doctors, one happy patient and a very happy wife!

The Doctors; Viv particularly, were very pleased with how well Brendan looks and are more than  happy to continue his treatment at home as it  still seems to be doing the trick, for which we are very grateful.

Brendan's treatment - as shown in this image, looks very different now to those that he endured previously.

Thank God for modern medicine, amazing doctors and a husband who appears to be as tough as nails.

I will sleep well tonight.

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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Friday, 12 February 2016

12 Feb 16 - perspective.

Only I could muck up a hairdressing appointment the day before we were leaving to go to Melbourne for a wedding! But muck it up I did, so my only choice was to have a go at hiding some awesome grey regrowth myself.

I bought the product I needed from coles and went about my roots with only average home hairdressing skill. I could see straight away even with my hair wet that the colour was too dark but it would have to do, at least it would cover the grey. An hour our so later I was coloured, dried and straightened - and that's when I noticed what a bad job I had done. Somehow I had streaking going in the wrong direction, I wasn't even going for streaking. "That's not good!" I thought to myself.


I went out to my husband and said, "I think I've done a crap job of my hair," and turned so he could see the streaks. He took it in; thought for a moment and said "If it makes you feel any better, I'm turning up to the wedding with one leg!" It was very funny.


So I threw a slightly lighter colour over what I'd already done, crossed my fingers and hoped for the best.


Perspective is a wonderful thing.


Life is good and Hope is limitless :)


Tuesday, 9 February 2016

9 Feb 16 ... weddings, planes and a beautiful baby!

It has been a long time between flights for me; so to say I was a little nervous about hopping on a plane for Melbourne last Friday - would be correct! It had been 17 years almost to the month since Brendan and I had flown to Western Australia to visit his brother Lindsay as an extended honeymoon in the March of 1999. I had forgotten how bumpy it can be. 




Now we were heading to Melbourne to celebrate Lindsay's wedding to Felicity on our wedding anniversary, making the 6th of February a very special day indeed.

There was much excitement and anticipation of the days ahead as we pulled into the car park at Newcastle airport, this was the first time in a plane for both Tyz and Bades and the first time travelling by air for Brendan with his prosthetic. Logistically what could have been a nightmare seemed to be very manageable and comfortable enough, if it wasn't Bren didn't say.  The super long walk to baggage collection was testing and stepping out into a balmy Melbourne summer's day of 18 degrees was surprising. I'm sure unseasonable even for Melbourne ... I wondered if this would be the start of four seasons in 4 days? Not really, the weather did get progressively warmer and was really quite pleasant. Saturday turned out to be very hot, which in light of the cooler days leading into it, this was a shame for all the men overheating in their suits!

We spent a lovely three days in a cute seaside town called Ocean Grove in a small townhouse just up the hill and around the corner from the beach, and I am just a bit disappointed we didn't get time to dip our toes into Bass Strait. Oh...and note to my one legged husband - when booking accommodation online...two story accommodation looks lovely but isn't always practical! :)





We were picked up from our accommodation on saturday afternoon by the wedding shuttle at 3:30pm for the 4pm nuptials and were dropped at a beautiful outdoor location at Oakdene Vineyards. Brendan stood up as a witness and was very proud to do so for his brother and new sister in-law. Being overcome briefly by emotion while signing the paperwork took him by surprise, but added an incredible depth of beauty and feeling as the ceremony wrapped up.





Emotion that may have even been surpassed by the depth of feeling delivered in his speech later that night; which was full of love and contained just enough humour to lighten the mood. I'm sure the meaning was not lost on anyone, made obvious by how many of Lindsay's mates came over to congratulate Bren on his brief but heartfelt words afterward.

It was a lovely wedding. We drank good wine, ate nice food and enjoyed fabulous company as we both made a point of trying to at least say hello to as many of the 35 guests as we could. I met people that I clicked with immediately and felt a tinge of sadness to think we might not meet again because of distance. And we danced!




By far though; it was meeting our baby niece Tayla that was the most special part of the entire weekend. And yes, when her uncle held her for the first time it bought us both undone, along with Brens mum who was standing beside us. It was hard to explain to those nearby; as the post wedding brunch was coming to an end - why the three of us were in tears looking at this precious child in Uncle Brendan's arms. Yet it is a feeling I will always remember...my absolute joy at having my husband with me for all of these precious moments that life gives to us freely and his sheer joy and relief to be here to enjoy them.




Life is good and hope is limitless

Cal xx

Oh and before I forget - I have to wish Margaret (Brens Mum) a very Happy Birthday for yesterday. A prouder Mum I have not seen; as she enjoyed a rare get together with her three children, their partners and her four beautiful grandchildren all in one place at one time on her birthday weekend, with her husband Len. It was wonderful. xx

You can find more information on Sarcoma Cancer by following this link: sarcoma.
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a Garden Wedding at Oakdene Vineyards


Wednesday, 20 January 2016

20 Jan 16 - Holidays a Wedding and an upcoming Oncology Review - Lifes Busy

Today was hopefully our last busy rush in town before the holidays are over, for the next week it's relaxation mode only! 

While Bren was at the doctor, I took Tyz and Bades to stock up on all the pens, pencils, rubbers, sharpeners, USB sticks and other paraphernalia they may need as they ready themselves for high school. Who knew that Office Works could be so much fun?

It was a day of ups and downs though, as this cancer stuff can still sit you on your arse, sometimes when you least expect it over the smallest things. Like when my husband and I were sitting on the back veranda after he had just put me through an extremely hot training session. We looked at each other as I was trying to get my breath back and he said “only a week until they go back to school” and he started to cry, which made me cry.

Bren explained that he really wanted to do something special with the kids these holidays because they had missed out on so much lately and I agreed; I did too. Cancer sucks, but at least we were at home with them. They got to spend lots of time with their friends, they spent time at the beach, they shopped and they got to pool hop between the Cutlers and the Saunders’.

They spent time in Sydney, went to the Troy Bayliss Classic and surfed more than a few times. They watched their dad do things that people with two legs find difficult, including paddling out the back on his surfboard, duck diving under waves on his board (something I’ve personally never done, but it doesn’t look like a synch minus a leg), and he rode a few nice waves in on his tummy, all for the first time - without assistance!  I can only imagine what he’ll do in the future if he gets himself a water leg!

I realised that we may not have had the holiday we hoped we would; as far as going places and doing things goes, exhaustion from the gruelling year that was is still sitting squarely on our shoulders. It weighs you down and doesn’t leave you with a lot of options, but I think we had a pretty good holiday at home anyway, and when you live where we do that’s not a bad holiday.

I also realised that we are raising two of the most resilient people I know. 

Which is just as well as we are about to get really busy again! The Kids go back to school on the 28th (I think-must check!) Then on 4th the four of us head to Melbourne for Brendan’s brothers wedding on the 6th- (first plane trip for Tyz and Bades, first plane trip for Bren without his leg, first time driving in Melbourne for me…should be interesting, will be stressful and hopefully lots of fun!) It’s also our 17th wedding anniversary on the 6th…hopefully it will be a date that is as lucky for Lindsay & Felicity as it has been for us! (as far as marriages go – bloody cancer aside) And then we come home on the 8th … which is Bren’s mum’s birthday. 

Hopefully with some great pictures.

We are home for a few days before heading down to Sydney; somewhere around the 12th (to be confirmed) for Brendan’s next oncology review - we have our fingers, toes and anything else crossable crossed for good results! 

Phew I’m exhausted all over again!

Life's good and hope is limitless

Cal xx 

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

PS: I would like to send out a quick hello and a big thank you to the lovely lady who waited for our family to come out of the elevator at the shopping centre today.

When we went to walk past her she asked if I was Callie, I said yes and she explained that we didn’t know her but she had been following our story through my blog and had been inspired by it, especially after losing her Mum. We spoke very briefly, I thanked her and we hugged. We were no longer strangers.

This has happened many times to both Bren and I; separately & when we have been together, even once when we were in Sydney, since we began sharing our story after Bren was diagnosed.  Although we originally started sharing so that family and friends were all getting accurate information about Brendan’s treatment and recovery straight from us, it’s pretty awesome to find out that what we share is also helping others in some small way.

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