About Brennan

This site was set up to help Brennan’s family and friends keep tabs on his whereabouts as he undergoes treatment for primary osteosarcoma of the spine.

Email Brennan and family at bhoughton at ozemail put-a-dot-here com put-a-dot-there au.

Thanks, Bren, for tarting up this site!

We are on a journey

We are on a journey;
We walk it on our own.
People all around us,
Yet we remain alone.

Our journey is a long one;
It goes for years and years.
The road is hard and bumpy,
And we shed many tears.

Our journey is not over;
It never will be done.
Once you start this journey,
It never can be done.

No one thinks they’ll make this trek;
What person ever should?
But life is full of things that
You never thought you would.

Our journey is a sad one,
Yet with lots of laughs and smiles.
When you know that life is precious,
You make each inch last miles.

The simple things like cuddles;
The fiery, brotherly spat;
The normal grind of daily life;
We now so appreciate that.

Hands reach out to help us,
To make the way seem light.
But the road ahead is long
And continues day and night.

Just looking at your dear one,
And just knowing he is here.
If only there was something
That would take away that fear.

The fear that’s ever-present
So you cannot sleep at night.
The fear that makes you tremble
So you have to hold him tight.

The cancer that invades him;
That cancer we so hate.
We pray to God to heal him,
To make cancer ‘vaporate.

This journey we are walking
On this long and lonely track
Is a lifetime journey
From which we can’t go back.

9 thoughts on “About Brennan

  1. Pat Casey in Ohio, USA says:

    Hi Brennan and family,
    I have just learned about you from your wonderful Mom.. We are becoming internet friends, since we both have children with Osteosarcoma. I think this blog is going to be great for all of you. It will be fun to learn more about you, besides that you are about the toughest kid I know and your family is sure proud of you! Isn’t it great to be sending these emails to the other side of the world in just split seconds? One day I hope to visit “down under” to see your beautiful country. Meanwhile, just get well soon!
    Sending hugs from Ohio, in the U.S.
    Pat Casey

  2. Yvette McDonald says:

    Hi Brennan, Bernadette and family,
    It was great to meet you over the weekend Bernadette!! Your a very brave boy Brennan. I have read your article and your mum told me all about you at our weekend away. Keep up your wonderful strength to fight, we will be thinking of you and sending you our love and best wishes. All the best from Yvette and Family xox

  3. Hi Brennan,
    Greetings from Houston Tx. I enjoyed visiting your website and reading your story. You have come a long way so keep fighting! My niece was diagnosed with Osteosarcoma of the right distal femur on May 08, 2009. She is 9 years old and receiving treatment at M.D. Anderson Hospital in Houston. I will show her your website so you can be an inspiration to her. She will probably get a Gastric tube for feeding and medications in the upcoming days. Her name is Keilah and you can visit her website at caringbridge. org. Just type in visit Keilah and it should come up. Best wishes to your family!
    God speed,

  4. sue morgan says:

    Hi Brendan,

    I just saw that you had another op Tuesday 27/7, I hope you’re feeling better and things are looking up. You are such an inspiration to so many young and old. I hope one day I get to meet you in person,
    keep up the good work and continue fighting. We often think of you at DoCare.


    Sue Morgan and the DoCare Gang.

  5. Hi Brennan and family. Thanks for dropping by my blog today. Events like footy results pale into insignificance compared with the mighty challenges you’ve taken on. You’re one helluva fighter, Brennan and we Slatterys wish you all the best in your treatment. Fight like a Magpie!

  6. Iggy says:

    Hey Brennan,
    Hope all is well. When will we be seeing you next in Chem?? The more we get in Chem, the more jokes Hobbsy rolls out and the less work we do. Whether they’re funny jokes or not is a different story!! Thinkin’ of ya mate.


  7. Chris Valmadre says:

    The Melbourne trip looked like a lot of fun. Paddy was probably disappointed about missing IT but I see you managed to put a smile on his dial – as you do for all of us.

  8. Rosemary Friend says:

    Good to see you are not spending ALL your time doing Psych work !! 🙂

  9. heather says:

    hi brennan, hope ur feeling ok, love you, xxx

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