We are just home from a quick trip to Sydney, and have spent the weekend unpacking, washing and packing again for our family holiday to the Gold Coast with the children. We have been planning this trip for months, logistically it hasn’t been easy to fit anything in around Brendan’s cancer treatment and amputee clinics…but we found a week that worked and locked it in.
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Today the radiation oncology department rang to say they needed Bren in Sydney this Wednesday to prep for his upcoming treatment – yep ...Wednesday was the day we were to be driving to Queensland, not spending the day in Sydney. The best laid plans had come undone and all I could do was cry. Pretty much every time I had to tell anyone that mattered! That was before we had even told the children.
When they had both come home from school; we sat around the table and had a family meeting. The thought that they were in trouble gave way to disappointment when we told them the news. Bren, Tyz and I all cried…again. Bades held it together; they both understood that getting dads radiation treatment underway and getting him better was more important than a holiday.
I know how deeply disappointed Tyz and Bades were to hear our news of the cancelled holiday, yet they accepted it with a grace I was unaware most adults possess, never mind two twelve year olds. I have often said if we keenly listen to them, show them that what they do and say, and that there place within the family is of great importance - children are quite willing and able to lead the way and show their awesomeness.
We thanked them for being awesome and told them awesomeness was like a boomerang…when you put it out there it always comes back to you.
The fact that Brendan’s medical team make things happen quickly is awesome, even when the timing doesn’t really feel awesome. But the speed at which they make things happen these days is a reminder to us that he is dealing with an incredibly serious illness and we want to do everything we can to get on top of it…so when they say "we can do this now", we say "we’ll be there. " Time is everything. We are also incredibly grateful to be surrounded by lots of awesomeness - as it allows us to say how high…when they say jump!
We’re on the road again :)
Life’s good and hope is limitless
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