When news ain’t welcome

Posted on October 3rd, 2008 by Cam.
Categories: Let's talk.

Very mindful tonight of a friend I met through the chemo gym who has Hodgkins Lymphoma. Her name is Anne and she has been in Melbourne for the last couple of months on a trial drug regime. Her autologous stem-cell transplant was not very effective, and she has decided to go on a trial program before the next stage of transplant.

Thankfully, she was accepted into the trial program that is only being done in Melbourne at the moment. It makes her quite lethargic and nauseous in the recommended dose, so it has been reduced to a manageable amount. Today she got the results back from her CT scan and it shows that a nodule in her lungs has increased in size.

Anne has dealt with her situation in an amazing way ever since I have known her (and I am sure before that!) and she seems to be able to remain level-headed through what she has been through. When results come through that are not expected like this, I begin to realize what it is like when friends look on and feel a sense of helplessness in the situation. As Anne put it today, “it is not the worst news ever…”

So here’s to you Anne, Graham and Fam, I am hoping your good news comes swiftly.



Comment on October 3rd, 2008.

I have pondered what to write for the past 10 minutes, and I’ve got nothing. “I’m sorry” seems like such a weak and impotent statement to make to this sort of bad news, but it is all we can say. It is a sad fact that not only do you and Libs have to deal with this, but you will also come to know others who are doing the same, and so are not only walking your own journey, but are also walking beside others.


Comment on October 3rd, 2008.

I’m sure you have met some amazing people in your journey too Simon. The bittersweet crossing of paths where you wish you didn’t have to meet under these circumstances, but still glad you met.
Still thinking of Oliver as he gets through this round of chemo. Amazing what he is coping with at such a young age. It is a situation I find very difficult to come to terms with. He sounds like he is in great hands.



Comment on October 4th, 2008.

OH MAN….almost wished I hadn’t click the link! As soon as that beautiful face popped up on my screen I knew I was in love and will add another beautiful soul to my prayer list. Cancer should be so OFF LIMITS for kids. Shit, it’s bad enough us adults have to deal with it, but this baby, and his parents…..enough is enough. Thank you Cam for sending the blog address……I will pray

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