Dr Brad

Posted on July 20th, 2008 by Cam.
Categories: Let's talk.

Had a consult with Dr Brad last Friday. Everything is looking pretty good. He is really happy with how things are going so we left feeling like we could get settled with the idea that I am in remission.

I don’t know if it is everyone’s experience, but the connection that one can feel to another human being in charge of their treatment can be quite profound. How do you thank a doctor for stopping you from dying so soon? How do you convey gratitude to a person who puts in 20 years of study, work and research to get patients like me enjoying more of life?

I have only really known Dr Brad for less than a year, but he has obviously become an integral part of my world and it is highly likely that he will continue to be for the rest of my journey. I can honestly say that he has the compassion and personable nature to match his brilliant medical skills. We could not ask for anything more, though with him, we get it.



Comment on July 21st, 2008.

‘Remission’ – now THERE’S a word that makes getting out of bed on Monday all the worth it!

You’ve conveyed your appreciation and admiration of Dr Brad so effectively, I wanna meet him (preferably over the phone, or at the footy rather than in his office, if you take my meaning…)

Good post, Camo.


Comment on July 21st, 2008.

super duper fabulous news cam and liz – thrilled for you both. i’m sure Dr Brad has some kind of idea about your appreciation of him and his care of you, your not one to hide your feelings and I’m sure having a patient like you has made doing what he does all the more worthwhile for him.

have a great week


Comment on July 21st, 2008.

Hey Cam
I know EXACTLY what you mean, and there are really no words to adequately describe the relationship we develop with our doctors. I adore mine as well and KNOW that he wants me to be well. I am so happy you have done so well, it encourages me. I am now 5 weeks out from my transplant and feeling awesome. I can’t believe I’ve felt so shitty this past year when on chemo and just got used to it!! Amazing how we adapt. Keep up the good work and take care of yourself.

Cuz Adam

Comment on July 21st, 2008.

I can already visualize this Dr Brad, swaggering into the consultation room, top 3 buttons of his shirt undo, gold medallion swaying through a lush carpet of chest hair having freshly taken 8/74 vs the West Indies, his secretary handing him your charts (to which she promptly swoons) and him announcing with a deep, baritone voice “Cam, I may own the current land speed record as well as the 100m and 200mm world pool sprint records as well as donate 99.99% of my gross income to children in need, but you, my friend, are the true hero.” He then crumples up the clipboard in one hand, his biceps moving like greased hamsters under a silk sheet and then rapples out the 5th floor window to fight crime and sort out the current teacher pay strike.

Elaine Smith

Comment on July 21st, 2008.

So pleased to read your last blog – very exciting and an answer to prayer. We will continue to pray for you and Liz, your family and Dr. Brad!


Comment on July 22nd, 2008.

Adam, I am cacking. ohhhhhhhhhhhhhhh too funny.


Comment on July 24th, 2008.

Hamsters under a silk sheet – goes to show, you can’t buy class!

Beautifully phrased, Batman!

Richard & Elaine

Comment on July 25th, 2008.

What great news!! We’re all thinking of you and Elizabeth.

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