Tomorrow is my second biopsy.  We found out yesterday, filled out the paperwork today, and need to be at the hospital by 8.30am tomorrow.

I didn’t expect to be here again.  I do know what to expect.  From the surgery and the recovery.  But am I ready?  It’s not the same thing.

I’ll be in overnight and home on Sunday. For the first few days, it will be sleep, antibiotics, pain meds, more sleep.  The general anaesthetic and panadeine forte knock me about a bit.  It hurt to talk for a few days last time.

In all this sudden activity, I know I haven’t replied to all your emails.  I will.  I’ve had a few things on, ya know?  Don’t think I don’t love hearing from you.  And please don’t think you need to say something profound.  I know it’s hard to know what to say.  I totally get it.  Normal is good.  Chit chat is good.

There have been a few lovely food deliveries this week.  Thank you.  I feel very cared for.

If I’m up to it, I’ll be online here Saturday night or Sunday morning for a quick hello.  I’ll have to tell you about the facilities in my hospital room sometime, quite incredible.  Darren might be on as well to say a few words.

Until then.



  1. Thinking and praying for you Kirsten…you are inspirational!

  2. Wave off the panadeine forte. En-done. That’s the go.

    Good luck obviously.

  3. Matthew Kendall says:

    Okay this is entirely freaky, I have just been diagnosed with exactly the same thing – Amelobastic Carcinoma – diagnosed at Westmead Private and confirmed today for me by a specialist pathologists in Colombus Ohio. I live in North Ryde – and my surgeon (Gary Morgan) tells me in all recorded medical history there are fewer than 100 cases globally. To find two people in the same geography – at the exact same time have a disease with about a one in a hundred million occurrence is a beyond belief occurrence. My surgery is booked for late July too – at Westmeade – I’m told 10 days in hospital and 6 weeks off at home. I’m 49, non smoker, light drinker, quite fit (train in Aikido – the gentlest martial art – 3 times a week) husband and father of 3 who is not overweight.

    About 4 weeks ago I had a growth 19mm * 12mm * 20mm removed from my lower left jaw – and part of it proved to be malignant – – second result – so exactly what you have, on exactly the same timeline. The Head of Plastic surgery told me today that this is so uncommon they happen maybe once every 30 years in a large teaching hospital like Westmead, where they do jaw reconstructions every month.

    Happy to chat and share details – e-mail me if you like – this just appears too amazing for belief.

    Yours sincerely, Matthew

  4. Danielle says:

    Don’t ever worry about writing back. I completely understand that part, and I know we all are in your thoughts (and you in ours) even if you can’t speak to us or write to us. I’m looking forward to positive results from this next biopsy and still admire you so much for your courage and strength! Still sending you hugs and love from the US xoxo

  5. Hi. Thanks for the update! Am finding it quite interesting in a perverse sort of way. Envious of the days of sleep… the hospital, not so much.

    If you need anything let me know. Sending good thoughts!

  6. Matthew, hi. It’s definitely rare. There is another case of malignant ameloblastoma at Macquarie University Hospital at the moment. We are running out the door but in the meantime, if you have facebook, click on the link on the right (it’s in there somewhere) to the ameloblastoma group on facebook. If you have a question, they’ve probably experienced it.

  7. Good luck with the biopsy. i’ll be keeping my fingers crossed.

  8. I’m not good with encouraging words so i’ll go with trying to cheer you up, although i’m equally crap at that. Anyway here’s my hospital related dad joke (stolen from a good friend, i think he’ll understand).

    Who’s the coolest guy in the hospital?
    The ultra sound guy.
    If he’s not there then who’s the next coolest guy?
    The hip replacement guy.


    Good luck with the biopsy.

  9. Luckily I read the jokes while I was on the good pain killers. And they made me laugh. Thanks Sammy.

  10. Mick – They started by giving me panadol. I thought it might be a bit like a sandbag against a tsunami. When I asked nicely if perhaps I might have something stronger, he said I was “charted” for endone. The next nurse agreed and it went down a treat. Thanks for the tip. Still on panadeine forte at home though.

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