Infusion two of three went really well, with few hiccups and no multiple cannula attempts for the first three days. That all changed and the record was broken by the end of the fourth. Bren however is not sure if he wants to request a port or PICC; he is just going to wait it out and go with his gut, for now he will stay with a cannula.
Throughout the year, scheduled around the operations... he has undergone 6 rounds of chemotherapy; three of which required three over night stay infusions each, two weeks apart. He is now about to have the last 4 overnight stay infusions of three in his seventh round of chemo, and the chemotherapy will continue when this round is complete.
I know... it all becomes a bit of a blur and can be quite confusing when you throw in clinics and consults with the oncologist, orthopaedic surgeon, sometimes a radiologist and the thoracic surgeon. And now also regular up coming appointments with the Amputee clinic. We haven't had a minute to spare for most of the year. Needless to say we haven't had time to schedule counselling sessions; which have been advised for each of us separately and the four of us as a family...but we will when we can fit it in.
Sure does help a year fly by. :) Just 12 months and life as we know it is completely different from everything we thought was certain!
The changes we have faced so far have been life altering and challenging. They have been devastating emotionally, physically and spiritually; and yet to balance that out we have been shown how strong we are, how loved we are and how amazing our family, friends and our community are. We have been shown what is really important and we have been shown that life is good.
I have learnt in the past year that the statistics of getting cancer are way to high. Over 100 000 Australians are diagnosed with cancer each year: 1 in 2 Men and 1 in 3 Women will get cancer before they are 85. that's half the men you know and a third of the women.
Hope though is limitless....so I hope that a cure for all cancers is within our reach, because with statistics like that it is something that touches us all.
....For more information on cancer facts, causes and prevention follow this link to NSW Cancer Councils Hope ~ Turning the Page: hope.cancercouncil.com.au
Thank you #teambrendanm for hanging in there with us every step of the way.