Wednesday, December 30, 2009

Blog, Pics, Posts...

I want to reach out to everyone who has been so wonderful and supportive (whether it be in errands, calls, emails, postings, prayers, or simply adding yourself to this site or the Facebook page).

Brandon and I appreciate everything from the bottom of our hearts and we thank you more than you will ever realize!

It is important for you to know that every day Brandon asks me to read him my blog, responses and emails we have received. He has said "it soothes me". So know your messages and words have power beyond the medicine he is receiving here at Princess Margaret.

Also - a word about the pics. They have caused quite a stir - but the intention was not to shock or look for pity or sympathy. It was a way to "show" what this disease can do; what it has done to my love, so that people could see how quickly it takes over and can destroy (but not defeat).

Once again - thanks to everyone, and please keep those messages coming.

Love
Taly and Brandon

18 comments:

  1. Just my opinion, but I think posting the pictures was a very good idea. Lee and I press the "refresh" button several times a day for your updates, and we thought we knew the severity of this disease. It wasn't until we saw Brandon that we witnessed the devastation. We are praying harder than we thought possible.
    And, if it helps, ask Brandon to picture me dancing. Every time Brandon would see me dance, he'd shake his head and say "oh please stop". I hope he remembers and that my groovy moves bring a smile to his face.

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  2. Hey guys,

    I thought i'd share with you a funny memory that ALWAYS make me laugh when i think of the both of you. Over five years ago when i still lived in toronto - it was the end of summer, and i was out with some friends having drinks on college st. There was a chill in the air - but me and my friends stayed perched on the outside patio of blue indigo, our favourite martini bar. As we sat, drinking and people watching, i saw a familiar face. Well, if it wasn't Leslie strolling down the side walk with a few other people i didnt know. not too far behind him i noticed another familiar face - tally! I had only met tally a few times at this point and thought of her as leslie and justins friend from montreal. Wasn't i surprised to see that shuffling closely behind her, with the cheesiest grin and an even cheesier grasp around her waist FROM BEHIND was none other than brandon gray!!! Brandon, i dont know who was more embarrassed, you or me. but i CAN tell you that you provided us with more than enough material to tease you guys with. i'm not sure how many times daph, justin and i made fun of you guys for that moment, but every time i think of it it makes me laugh out loud.

    Thinking of all of you every single day and saying prayers for you constantly.

    xxx
    Lindsay :)

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  3. Dear Taly and Brandon,
    I am honored to call myself Arlene's friend and I want you to know I too am praying for you. I check your blog every couple of hours for updates and think you are both very special and extremely brave. Brandon, I know you will beat this shitty disease and I look forward to watching you play golf with your mother and grandfather next summer. Keep fighting and know that there are lots of people cheering for you. Lots of love, Susan Weisbarth

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  4. Taly and Brandon, I think that you are all experiencing "life" and this is a very REAL experience so you have only demonstrated REAL LIFE through the pictures. To be honest, I actually thought Brandons face looks as beautiful as ever! The blisters will heal, the hair will grow back, the weight will be gained, and most importantly.......you will be cancer free baby!!!!
    Thinking of you guys every hour!
    xoxoxomarci

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  5. So glad to hear that things are inproving. Everyone here is saying a Mishberach for you! Get well soon. All our love, XOXOXO
    Michelle, Eric, Max, Joan, Emily and Lily Fanwick

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  6. My heart is with you and your family. Stay strong Brandon, even in moments when you think you can't, remember there is always something brighter in this side of the world. Please take your Ensure to eat something.. even my dad was stubborn about it.. just swallow a little food,little bit at a time. Love: David & Netaly

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  7. I also thought it was a great idea to post the pictures...it puts a real life angle on the disease. I had no idea that the side effects were this bad...the movies just depict the vomiting...so thank you for sharing...I think it was brave.

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  8. Tali and Brandon, you have an amazing family.
    I pray for all of you.
    Love Rachel And Ady Stetter

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  9. I think the pics showed strength, humanity, fragility and love. They did shock me at first... but then they reassured me. In all this talk of sickness it was actually good to see that he's still there. It's Brandon - with a few new battle wounds - but still the same old Brandon shining through. I know that might sound wierd but I am just sharing my own thoughts. I was glad to see Brandon looking back when I came to your page. Please keep posting pictures of Brandon when you can. I know we can't go see him now but it is nice to see his face. We miss him.
    And just for a laugh you can tell him that I am selling tickets to the 'gun' show! ;-)

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  10. Keep fighting B. I know you are gonna beat
    this and have a long and prosperous life with
    your beautiful family

    best wishes
    Trevor Kustiak

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  11. The pictures broke my heart but i appreciate that you sent them.As said before it shows the severity of this. My prayers and love.
    Carol Bender

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  12. The pictures broke my heart, but I think posting them was a wise decision. My love and prayers to Brandon and the family.
    Carol Bender

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  13. Taly,

    Thanks for posting the pictures of Brandon. The kids look so cute with their dad and Brandon looks suprisingly good considering what he is going through. Brandon, keep up the good fight!!!

    We will be thinking of the two of you at midnight tonight and praying for a happy and Healthy 2010 for you and your family!!!

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  14. Hi Brandon and Family,

    You are all in my thoughts and prayers. I am absolutely at a loss of words. Stay strong and keep fighting. You will beat this battle.

    Love from Nova Scotia,
    Kristina Trites

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  15. DEAR TALUSH AND BRANDONׂ
    I'M GLUED TO THE BLOG FROM THE MOMENT I ENTER THE HOUSE AND FIRST THINK WHEN I WAKE UP.
    YOU TWO ARE VERY SPECIAL PEOPLE AND TO SEE AND HEAR THE LOVE AND SUPPORT BETWEEN THE TWO OF YOU IS AN EXAMPLE TO EVERYONE.
    THE PICTURES MADE ME CRY ON ONE HAND BUR ON THE OTHER HAND I SAW BRANDON AND THE KIDS AND IT GAVE ME THE PICTURE OF THE THINGS AS THEY ARE AND I HOPE AND PRAY THAT THOSE TEARS WILL BE SOON TEARS OF HAPPINESS.
    I FLY HOME TONIGHT AND CAN'T WAIT TO BE WITH YOU VERY SOON.
    KEEP ON FIGHTING THIS TERRIBLE SICKNESS-I KNOW THAT YOU ARE FIGHTERS AND DON'T GIVE UP FOR A SINGLE MOMENT-THE CHOCLATE CAKE WILL BE WAITING FOR THE CELEBRATION OF YOUR RECOVERY.
    I LOVE YOU AND KISS YOU
    SEE YOU SOON
    IMA
    IMA

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  16. Dear Taly & Brandon,
    All things considered, I think Brandon looked good in the pictures. Thank you for sharing and also for sharing so much of what the two of you are going through. I'm glad you are starting to get some good news. Keep fighting, Brandon and stay strong!
    Happy New Year to both of you! I hope 2010 will become a Happy & HEALTHY year!

    Fondly,
    Fay

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  17. I wanted you to know that you are still in our prayers.
    I think posting the photos is truthful, and important - I think the reality of what cancer is, what it's 'treatment' DOES to people is important to share. This detail is what makes people pledge to find a CURE. It's what makes people run, and shave heads because this is not acceptable.
    Those photos still will also provide you with a sharp contrast to the healing of body and hearts, in days and weeks to come. IT will remind you of how far you have come! Stay strong.

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  18. Hi Brandon and Taly

    More prayer news! My girlfriend Alex is on a plane to Thailand right now...i sent offerings with her to request prayers at the monasteries she visits for Brandon's full recovery. If that proves to be difficult, she will instead offer food to the monks at the monasteries or on their alms round and dedicate the merit generated to Brandon's health. I will give you specifics when i hear from her. The communities there are of very high calibre (meaning that they, in general, keep very pure vows) and thus, their prayers and anything done in relation to them is particularly potent.

    I worked in oncology full-time for many years and have seen it all...but not a dear friend undergoing such treatment. Brandon, you have love, prayers and the strength of youth on your side. I keep reflecting on the fact that you have spent so many years as an athelete and i feel that all of that effort to be healthy, fit and high-performance will serve you in this process of healing.

    Thank you for posting the pictures. Seeing you all beat up by the treatment makes me feel more deeply for you Brandon, and the ones with the kids are ADORABLE!!

    Thinking about you all constantly.

    Much love...

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