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2018 a Year for Change: My top 10

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It’s 2018! Time is passing quickly and that is out of our control. As a 52 year old widow and mum to two pretty amazing 14 year olds, this year I'm just going with it!

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Nothing in my life prepared me for the loss of my husband. He was only 45 years old when he died of cancer on the 31st of August in 2017. 

I was not prepared for his gentle passing, the deep numbing loss I feel  every day I wake without him beside me, or  for that matter his ability to connect with us from the otherside with the same ease, grace and humour he lived with here.

Through his strength I have found the courage to continue to live well -- the rest of my life, and help our children do the same, as we honour him with our happiness and ability to endure a world without him in it. 
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Update – The Story of Us

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The Story of Us: two years down the track! It's two years since we were first told that Brendan has an undifferentiated pleomorthic sarcoma: setting us on a path of discovery, heartache, hope, recovery, recurrence, disappointment, elation, exhaustion, confusion, anger, frustration, learning, teaching, acceptance, joy and love - to name just a few. A rollercoaster…
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It’s an aggressive and rare cancer this one; we know that because it took less than a month to rob Brendan of his right leg, when it recurred after initial treatment. It’s unpredictable and keeps us on our toes. We know it is persistent, as it has withstood two years of intensive chemotherapy treatments in both day therapy and hospital in-stays, and has managed to progress some in that time. We also know it can be managed, because there is a chemotherapy tablet now managing it at home.

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Bren’s Oncology Review

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The Story of Us: We are home from Brendan's latest oncology review in the city. After his 7am PET scan this morning, Bren's entire team were assembled by 10:30ish for the review; logistically no mean feat I'm sure. Oncologist: Dr V, Orthopaedic Surgeon: Dr P, Radiologist Dr (Name has slipped my memory as it wasn't…
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As Dr P explained and how I understood what he was saying: once upon a time there were two outcomes with cancer; it was either cured or not! Now there is a widening gap in between, which is full of people who are living with cancer; and that is where Brendan currently sits. Dr P then went on to explain that with medical advancements today you just don’t know what the future holds.
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Handyman

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The Story of Us: 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…
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 In my house a good handyman is an easy find -i like that a lot!

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Brendan Gets Commando Fit

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The Story of Us: - This is Repost as we slowly move from blogspot to wordpress - To our regulars that may see posts again as they are added and shared automatically through several social media formats: Thanks for your patience . A little get fit stay fit-inspo video attached for anyone looking :) Life…
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Sometimes all you need is a little inspo ... the little video attached should do it!

Life is good and hope is limitless. 

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Cancer: the story of us – The End.

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I had never seen him happier than when our brother Andy helped him get back on his surfboard for the first time after his amputation, or sadder than when he stood, leaning on his crutches, tears rolling down his face as he watched the boys surf second corner.
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Goodbyes are hard. PS: I love you xx
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Listen

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My Guru Me: If you have ever asked yourself how you can help someone going through a difficult time, this piece of writing may help : This cancer stuff is hard and I know you would give anything to fix it and I know You would take it yourself if you could. The simple fact…
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When I am ready to talk, I can only ask that you listen. I’m not ready to hear the stories and statistics that you know. In truth I know them all and they don’t help. Fixing this is not your job. All you can do is be there, and listen.
- Callie
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Ageing Somewhat Gracefully

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My Guru Me: Here’s to Ageing; a privilege denied so many.  I choose to embrace it wholeheartedly; which is a good thing because with any luck it will continue to happen to me naturally. That’s not to say it doesn’t feel strange sometimes. It does. Like when finding the latest wrinkle -or smile line as…
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Here’s to as many numbers as we can accumulate in years well lived! As I put another year behind me, I find with time comes wisdom and a knowing that it matters far less what it is I do in life than who it is I am. I am  trying to Be at least as often  as I try to Do and that bringings an extra bit of peace and a whole lot more joy as I embrace ageing with a bit of grace and a heap of good humour.

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Here’s to as many numbers as we can accumulate in years well lived! As I put another year behind me, I find with time comes wisdom and a knowing that it matters far less what it is I do in life than who it is I am. I am trying to Be at least as often as I try to Do and that bringings an extra bit of peace and a whole lot more joy as I embrace ageing with a bit of grace and a heap of good humour.
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April Update -The Story of Us

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The Story of Us: As the year continues to hurtle along at a pretty fast pace; I can’t believe another lot of school holidays are over. We have enjoyed a fairly relaxed couple of weeks at home in the glorious Old Bar sunshine, making it to the beach, enjoying a pretty bouncy time of it…
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We love a big family get together, and they don't come any bigger than celebrating our great nephew - Ashton.

If you asked my husband he would tell you he is just relieved to be here to celebrate as our family grows. We his family can't express how grateful we are to have him here.

Life is good and hope is limitless.

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The Story of Us – calliemm

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The story of Us - living with cancer. My family's personal diary as we deal with the rollercoaster ride that is my husband's cancer diagnosis and ongoing treatment.
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Cancer Sucks; if asked my husband would tell you if you: if it finds you you have to choices - give up or fight as hard as you can.
He's a fighter.
This is our story!
Life is good and hope is limitless.

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calliemm.com's curator insight, May 4, 2016 3:14 AM
It will be 2 years next month since my husband was diagnosed with a undifferentiated pleomorthic sarcoma in his right leg. The six months of intensive, invasive, life saving treatment that followed his diagnosis -including chemotherapy and a large piece of his right femur and knee being removed; resulted in good news.  It appeared he was cancer free.

We enjoyed this good news for less than 8 weeks. Another tumour occurred at the original site and within 4 weeks of thr recurrence he lost his leg above the knee. He is now a little over 12 months post amputation; his cancer is being managed at home with medication as he learns to manage life fighting cancer and walking with a prosthetic, he and we as a family are getting use to our new normal.

He is a survivor, and The Story of Us is my diary as his wife; of his diagnosis, treatment and ongoing recovery.

Life is good and hope is limitless

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