Calen vs the Big C


Welcome to Calen’s Journey from his Diagnosis of Adreno Cortical Carcinoma on December 10th 2001 – a rare soft tissue tumour at the age of 6.

These pages are a copy of the original Caringbridge journal from his journey.
If you would like to read more, the story continues here.
Please contact me for the password.


Divine Miss H!
the Divine Miss H




“We are only as strong as the links in our chain of support.”


Cancer is so limited….

It cannot cripple Love

It cannot shatter Hope

It cannot corrode Faith

It cannot destroy Peace

It cannot kill Friendship

It cannot suppress Memories

It cannot silence Courage

It cannot invade the Soul

It cannot steal eternal Life

It cannot conquer the Spirit.

Author Unknown

Welcome to Holland
by Emily Pearl Kingsley

I am often asked to describe the experience of raising a child with a disability – to try to help people who have not shared that unique experience to understand it, to imagine how it would feel. It’s like this…

When you are going to have a baby, it’s like planning a fabulous vacation trip – to Italy. You buy a bunch of guidebooks and make your wonderful plans. The Coliseum, The Michelangelo David, the gondolas in Venice. You may learn some handy phrases in Italian. It’s all very exciting.

After months of eager anticipation, the day finally arrives. You pack your bags and off you go. Several hours later, the plane lands. The stewardess comes in and says, “Welcome to Holland.”

“Holland?!?” you say. “What do you mean, Holland? I signed up for Italy! I’m supposed to be in Italy. All my life I’ve dreamed of going to Italy.” But there’s been a change in the flight plan. They’ve landed in Holland, and there you must stay.

The important thing is that they haven’t taken you to a horrible, disgusting, filthy place, full of pestilence, famine and disease. It’s just a different place.

So, you must go out and buy new guidebooks. And you must learn a whole new language. And you will meet a whole new groups of people you would have never met.

It’s just a different place. It’s slower-paced than Italy, less flashy than Italy. But after you’ve been there for a while and you catch your breath, you look around, and you begin to notice that Holland has windmills, Holland has tulips, Holland even has Rembrandts.

But everyone you know is busy coming and going from Italy, and they’re all bragging about what a wonderful time they had there. And for the rest of your life, you will say, “Yes, that’s where I was supposed to go. That’s what I planned.”

The pain of that will never, ever, ever go away, because the loss of that dream is a very significant loss. But if you spend your life mourning the fact that you didn’t get to Italy, you may never be free to enjoy the very special, the very lovely things about Holland.

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Childhood Cancer

Calen gets many smiles from Squirrel Tales!

Please check out Calen’s Quilt!

One day during our drive home from the hospital, Calen mentioned we were lucky because we were “Out on Bail”.
And we were usually allowed home “On Bail” but had to report back to the hospital regularly for “Trials” – the diagnostic tests. Our Oncologist is “The Judge” and the kids on treatment are “In Jail”. So I asked if he had a good solicitor – his reply “Yep, you Mum.”


Hospital Information:
Patient Room: Home!!!!!!!!Royal Childrens Hospital
Herston Road
Herston Qld 4029

Childhood Cancer Support Inc.   An amazing organisation who are always willing to support children and families facing cancer, whilst dealing with the illness and after.
Zoes Place.   Help build a Respice centre for children with life limiting illnesses and their families.
Camp Quality.   Great get aways for kids and families with cancer, Fun, Fun, Fun!!!