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Sean understands the sports digital landscape, that’s why he started Sports Geek. Working with clients across the sports digital world he helps teams & leagues drive more revenue from digital and is focussed getting "cheeks on the seats" in stadiums. You can hear him on Sports Geek Podcast or presenting keynotes at sports conferences around the world. Send him a tweet @seancallanan or message him in #SportsBiz Slack community.

Slept better coffee still mandatory

Last night was a lot better as we got a script filled yesterday for more pain killers and it definitely helped through the night.  It was a 2 icypole night but there wasn’t distressed as much as previous nights.

Bunny is sleeping soundly right now after taking more pills this morning than Ben Cousins on a bender (sorry Tiger fans couldn’t resist).

Today has nothing planned, she is most happy in her bedroom with no distractions (not even the TV which is rare for her as Edey knows).

Tomorrow we hard back into the Epworth for another round of IV chemo and to check in with all the doctors, nurses, social worker, dieticians and probably a few more.

She is eating enough even if it is only watermelon (due to mouth ulcers) but she has fallen in love with Banana Big Ms which is great according to the dietician.

Anyway gotta go trying to build another website for work this one has been a great playground to test ideas out on.

Thanks for all the calls, texts and messages.  Yes I am doing fine, keeping on top of things and distracting myself researching work stuff in my Harry Potter study (for those who don’t know I have my PCs setup under the stairs).

Can’t finish without congratulating Jade and Rhys on their terrific reports from school, well done you should be very proud of yourselves I know Bunny & I are.

Cheers

Sean

PS Get well soon Jeanne, you have been a great support to Bunny & I.  Here’s to a speed recovery.

Thanks to all but worth repeating

A big thanks to everyone who is posting their support as the messages keep coming in here’s a few I wanted to repeat here.

From Alan (Michelle’s boss\mentor\friend\supporter)
“I thought it was time to tell on Michelle, just to remind people who may not know, exactly how strong she really is. Sean I was fortunate to interview Michelle some 7 years ago for a job. While we were very impressed with her and had already decided to give her the position it was only after I found out she had experienced her car being run into and written off straight after the interview and he plight leading into the interview (read Ansett) that I had a glimpse into how much she will fight for what she what. It was later when she was determined that you were the right person for her that I really saw her determination and fight for what she felt was correct that you would appreciate there was no alternative for you. You where both destined for each other, and the last few week have confirmed it, Sean you have my utmost appreciation of your strength and determination to support Bunny. I have seen her never turn away from a challenge and win, I can only repeat I have seen her never turn away from a challenge and win, I can only repeat what I said to you on Friday, if any one is going to beat this then Michelle is the person to do it. As I suspect you know, your support is key to this, I can only offer the support for both of you from the side and that of where she works, if there is anything we can do let me know, I will ensure it happens.”

Thanks to Alan and Michelle’s work colleagues for your support it is very much appreciated. Michelle is looking forward to a return to work, who else is going to boss you all around in her no-nonsense manner?

From Mairs (my Aunty)
“Hi guys,its Mairs calling. I am blown away by what you have both been going through – together and separately. I hope you can feel the wall of love and support surrounding you and hoping for the best possible outcome. You have already shown your family and friends the remarkable depths of your endurance and perserverance in the journey so far and no doubt this will continue in the battle ahead. When I call you both to mind the first image that comes is the joy you eminated on your wedding day. We all agreed we had never seen a groom with such a broard and permanent grin, and who will ever forget your briliant response Bunny, when asked by the celebrant if you would take Sean to be your husband… ABSO-BLOODY-LUTELY! You are a great team and the power of the love you share is tangible. Rest in it on the tough days, dance in it on the good days and be gentle with yourselves along the way. We are all cheering you on from the sidelines! All my love, Mairs xoxo
PS. Pete and gang send their love and warmest wishes. Kate and Trent shift on Monday and so are off line, but she will be in touch. PPS. Thought I’d finish with a couple of lame jokes (otherwise known in this house as Callanan jokes – go figure?) just to put a smile on the dial…. Two antennas met on a roof, fell in love and got married. the ceremony wasn’t much but the reception was excellent. but wait there’s more…. A jumper cable walks into a bar. The bartender says, ‘I’ll serve you, but don’t start anything.’ Is that laughter or groans I hear? I hereby challenge my fellow bloggers to surpass my efforts! Cheers, M”

Thanks Mairs and I thought those jokes were restricted to Dads only, you’re telling me the whole family is afflicted with these sense of humour?

From Eden (one of Bun’s favourite kids in the world)
“Hi bun we hope you can come tomorow. I love you more than anyone in the hole intire world. you give mum dad ava and me lots of presents. But the good thing about you that you love us ! and we love you to once again ilove you more than anyone in the hole intire world. love Edey&ava”

Thanks Edey, Bun was very happy to see your smiling face today. She loves you very much and she loves hearing you giggling so keep it up buddy.

Thanks to everyone for the messages, texts, cards and prayers.

Sean

Sleep and 18-1

Bunny is sleeping well now she is back in her bed, must admit it was easier getting a good night sleep with her by my side. She is eating her fruit salad around the clock and taking all our medications whenever I ask or nag, how the tables have turned 🙂 I look for for her naggin’ to return.

Thanks to Mum & Dad for coming down today to take the kids out for the day and buy us a Xmas tree. Mum has been cooking up a storm can’t wait to get into those home made vegie and sausage rolls! Thanks Mum.

Wearing my 18-1 t-shirt today as a reminder that things that are not meant to happen sometimes do. I follow sports are there is always big upsets from bigger underdogs.
18-1 represent the record of the New England Patriots last year perfect record entering the the Super Bowl but their perfect season was ruined by the New York Giants showing that the unexpected can happen at anytime.

This is your Super Bowl Babe, gotta believe
Sean

Home Sweet Home

It was only a day in hospital but it felt much longer.  Thanks to my driver David for helping me out today, no sleep and driving do not mix.

I can feel the relief in Michelle now back in our own bed (BIE Best Investment Ever!).

She isn’t up for much talking just sleeping but I know as she sleeps in our bed I know she feels a little like this…

Bless ya Bunny

Ready for the fight of our lives

Sleep seems to be optional for the both of us at the moment. Very tired but getting our strength back to put up a big fight.
Got the bone marrow results back and unfortunately the cancer has moved in more than expected.
The plan and treatment course remains the same as we need to get this damn thing under control first before we can try different treatments. We are both very happy that the team of doctors and nurses are working hard behind the scenes to find whatever edge we can.
Michelle is a tough and stubborn women and I love her for it we are going to put all our energy into this fight. There has to be someone defy and baffle medical opinion so medical breakthroughs can happen (here’s hoping you see Bunny’s story on House one day).
Thanks for the support it is appreciated and needed.
Sean

A hectic day at Epworth

It has been a busy day & Bunny has been exceptional.
She got thru a bone marrow biopsy with no problems we are waiting on the results.
She now has a pick line to give her all the chemo so less needles which Bun is happy about.
I am waiting at the Mountain View for an order of chips for Bunny so that’s a good sign that her appetite is coming back a little.
All things being equal she will be home tomorrow.
Bun says thanks to everyone.
Cheers
Sean

Heading into hospital…

We have seen all the doctors we can in the past week. We (I say we but I really mean Bun) had more tests for blood and a CT scan of her brain. The good news is that her brain scan came back clear (from cancer not of a brain!), however there is some concern from her blood tests.

More tests are to be done at the Epworth specifically a bone marrow biopsy to confirm if the cancer is in the bone marrow which would help explain the aches and pains Bunny has had over the past 4-6 weeks.

So it looks like she will start some form of chemo tomorrow most likely with a hospital stay to get the cancer under control so her blood results improve.

Bunny wishes she could post herself but she is so “knackered” (her words not mine) but she does want me to pass on thanks to each and everyone who has been posting to the site. She would also like to thank the people who don’t know about the internet that have passed on best wishes by this olden-days method called the post (my words not hers).

Thanks for your prayers,
Sean

Getting thru the weekend…

Just an update from the weekend. First of all thanks to Chris Bourke, Seamus Ryan and Norm for installing our new split system air conditioning it took most of Saturday thru the rain and heat but Bunny is now more comfortable even if I am freezing my nuts off! It was a long day for Bun but the Ivanhoe crew with help from Orv gave her some comfort while the boys were working away.
I know Bunny intends to make a blog post herself but she isn’t up to it at the minute. The pain killers and other mess have her a little disoriented for the time being she is happiest when sleeping.
Again thanks for the messages and support.
Cheers
Sean
PS In cool (techy) news I am writing the post from my iPhone. Jade is so jealous 🙂