Strike Three (but I’m not out)

Posted on January 10th, 2008 by Cam.
Categories: Let's talk.

You know when your specialist looks at the report on the computer and says ‘shit’ that the news ain’t great. We have been down this road before but this time the outcome seems definite. This is the third time we have had ‘the chat’.

I have four new lesions. One on a left rib, one on a right rib, one on my left femur and one on my spine (T9). My light chains (Kappa- indicators for active cancer) have jumped considerably since my last blood test, hence the specialist’s response. The good news is that my sternum is fine.

I got started today on Zometa which is going to stabilise my bone density and hopefully improve it. It seems to be something that I will be on for the rest of my life. It involves a 15 minute IV drip every month. It doesn’t really concern me. The staff at the Haematology Care Centre are fantastic.

I have a MRI tomorrow and a full skeletal survey. Monday I will have a pelvis biopsy and if they are not able to find anything there they will biopsy the spine. They are leaving that as a last resort because of the risk. It seems that I will be starting chemo fairly soon. Looks like I just saved 50 bucks on a hair cut.


steve rivett

Comment on January 10th, 2008.

Real sorry to hear about the strike three. Josie and I will be praying for you and elizabeth (and the reast of the family).

Pyleys (senior)

Comment on January 10th, 2008.

We’re still walking beside you. Love to you both.

the esperance crew

Comment on January 10th, 2008.

hi cam and libs, we are thinking of you often, and we are proud to know you and your family. for some light amusement, this mornings experience may satisfy –
kath & tim.

cousin James

Comment on January 10th, 2008.

Not sure what to say Cam. I just wanted to let you know I feel an enormous sense of love and pride for you. I can’t get over your ability to maintain a sense of humour through the whole journey. No, I am not implying you don’t have a sense of humour. It’s just fantastic to see the amazing sense of dignity you and Liz have shown in this whole process. It’s strange how we look up to our sports stars and call them heroes. But I would take one Cameron Harris over 500 of Australias best sport stars. You Cameron, make the Australian cricket team look like a bunch of monkeys. Love you Cam and Liz.

Question for the day for everyones consideration.


Comment on January 10th, 2008.

Not strike three Cam…it may be page three, but it most certianly is not strike three. Your life looks like its going to be less of a mills and boons novel (shame that) and more of a choose your own adventure book, where you get to the end of the chapter and it gives you some options. Sometimes the options will stink, sometimes they will be clear cut and sometimes not. But God has promised us all a role to take and a story to be in. Know that you have a global team of people to fight with you, family that would give their lives for you, and a God that has already done it all for you. xxx Cons


Comment on January 10th, 2008.

Cam and Liz,

Glad to hear you’re not out. We’re for you and praying for you.

Kylie, Mac and Tess


Comment on January 10th, 2008.

PS 50 bucks – man, where do you get your hair cut?

Kylie, the cheapskate


Comment on January 10th, 2008.

It ain’t the haircut itself that is expensive, it’s the extensions that are the killer.

Adam & Narelle

Comment on January 10th, 2008.

Cam and Liz.

Sorry to hear about the latest news. We keep praying for you through your journey (not the ‘what will be, will be’ prayers but the “Dr House last minute miracle diagnosis” prayers). Your ability to look bad news in the face and give it a cheeky pinch to the cheek is a constant source of strength and amazement.

I think I might commission a new set of bracelets with the letters WWCD?

Psalm 55 22 “cast your cares upon the Lord and he will sustain you; he will never let the righteous fall”

In our prayers

Adam, Narelle and Melia


Comment on January 10th, 2008.

Hey Cam, what a bummer. Lots of love to you and Elizabeth. At least you probably won’t be tempted by a late summer eighties style perm either, so more savings there. I might join the “Dr House” approach line…let me know if he rocks up (although on second thoughts an englishman with no actual medical training playing an american with drug issues may not be your best bet…)


Rachel W

Comment on January 11th, 2008.

Hi Cam,
Thinking of you and and Liz and of your hair… if its any concelation I thought Yul Brynner was a spunk.

Rachel x

Cousin James

Comment on January 11th, 2008.

Regarding the haircut, you will be in pretty good company. Remember these bald spunks? Michael Stipe, David Beckham, Vin Diesel, Billy Zane, Michael Jordan, Chris Judd, Bruce Willis and Ghandi (I find Ghandi attractive).

Your still on my mind Cous. All Hail king Cam!

Russell and Chris

Comment on January 12th, 2008.

You are both very brave. Hang in there Cam (and ‘Libs’). So sorry we are not closer.

U Russell and A Chris

Catherine Newton

Comment on January 12th, 2008.

Cam and Elizabeth, So sorry I have not been in closer contact this year. Having a brother and sister going through basically the same journey has left me emotionally exhausted and feeling like I don’t have much to offer but the fact is I don’t. Only God does. I visited with my brother today , he has just been told that the mesothelioma that necessitated the removal of his left lung last year has now reared its ugly head in his right lung. As he said “One things for sure, they won’t be removing that one.” He actually said some much more profound things too. He said “My days have always been numbered by God, the certainty of death is the same for us all, how and when this will happen has always been Gods domain and not mine. I’m scasred of pain. I’m hurt and aching over the heart-ache my sickness is causing to those I love, I don’t discount the possibility that even now God will choose to prolong my life for many years. The only thing I have any control over is how I respond to this circumstance.” Brave people have always made me cry. he made me cry. You make me cry. Our family will be praying with you at 2pm tomorrow. Love you both. Peter, Catherine, Stephen and Michael xxx


Comment on January 14th, 2008.

Cousin James, did you forget how to spell my name? Hair is for those who’s heads require hiding!! ComPLETEly over-rated
I wouldn’t mind a doctor saying that if he were performing a colonoscapy, but given that this doctor is in the field he/she is in, it’s of concern, and I feel for you.

Witticisims aside, I’ve come across a few people in the south west with issues in some way related to yours, and have described some of your journey with them. They keep giving me ‘what is this guy (Cam) on?’ I give them the ‘not what, but who’ response, and they are amazed.
Suz and I keep reflecting on the fact that neither of us are surprised that you or your families (Harris’s AND Browns) are dealing with these issues as you are – it’s simply an extension of who you always have been…

You continue to inspire this little woodchuck!

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