Australian cricketer Michael Klinger has penned an emotional letter on the Perth Scorchers website revealing his wife of almost 10 years, Cindy, is battling cancer.
The 37-year-old, who signed with the WACA in 2014 and became the oldest Australian debutant in a T20 earlier this year, wrote the words on Tuesday night so his teammates and WA cricket fans knew what was going on this summer:
Last week, my wife Cindy had a routine scan on her back, which had been causing her pain and no physiotherapy or anti-inflammatory tablets seemed to help.
The result of that scan completely shocked and devastated us.
Doctors identified three spots on her vertebrae that required further investigation – within hours, we were told she had cancer.
A biopsy was taken of the lesion and determined that my wife of almost 10 years had breast cancer that, based on the information we have so far, has spread to at least those three spots identified on her spine.
I know a lot of people think very highly of their own loved ones and I’m no different – to me, Cindy is the most beautiful person, inside and out.
She is the most considerate and selfless person I know, who is willing to help anyone with anything they need at the drop of a hat.
We have three children: Bailey, 7; Summer, 5; and Easton 1.
We had to tell Bailey and Summer of the fight their mother now faces, which is something I wouldn’t wish on anyone.
In fact, along with delivering a eulogy at my mother’s funeral, it was the hardest and most terrible thing I’ve had to do in my life.
I have never considered myself to be the most skilled or flashy batsman going around, but every time I step on the field, I do so with a winning and competitive attitude – I’m a fighter.
For the 14 years since I met Cindy, she has been my No.1 supporter, my confidante, my motivator, my carer. My everything.
But our roles reversed from the moment we found out Cindy had cancer.
Cindy must now take the mantle as the ‘fighter’ and bring a positive and winning attitude to every treatment and hurdle she runs into along the way.
I, on the other hand, need to become chief carer, supporter and motivator.
Playing cricket, right at this moment, is secondary.
It still may happen, because Cindy wants me to play and says it will be a good distraction for her and the kids to see me do so, either on TV or at #TheFurnace.
But, by my choice, if playing clashes with any appointments or treatments, or if Cindy or the kids need me, I will be by their side.
I started writing this piece in the middle of the night, when my thoughts and emotions refused to let me sleep, and I began wondering why I was doing so.
Firstly, it’s helping to get some things off my mind, which has been running at 100 miles an hour for the past two days, trying to arrange for Cindy to see the best people in the breast cancer field in Perth.
I also wanted to explain to my teammates, who I adore and admire so much, and to the Perth Scorchers fans, who I have grown to love, what is happening and that I hope they don’t think I’m letting them down.
Finally, I am privileged to work for the best organisation in Australia in the WACA and the Perth Scorchers, an organisation that has the most caring staff and unbelievable group of human beings.
I just want them – from the staff to the players – to know that I’m not letting them down and I’m just doing what I need to do for my wife and children during this totally unexpected and very difficult time.
Cindy will fight and we, as a family, will be right there with her throughout the battle, supporting her in every way we can.
But, particularly at this time of year, that battle has brought us a perspective on life that we never expected.
Leading into the festive season, give your loved ones a big hug and a kiss.
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Swansea RSLClubSaturday, Wayne & The Wanderers. Sunday, Echo’s Of The Sixties.
Swansea Workers Club Sunday, Voodoo Punch.
Tea Gardens Country ClubSunday, Loose Bazooka.
Tea Gardens HotelSaturday, Brendan Murphy.Sunday, Phil McKnight.
Tilligerry RSLFriday, Rendezvous.Saturday, Mark Lee.Sunday,Rock Factor.
Toronto DiggersFriday & Sunday, 40 Up Club.
Toronto HotelSunday, Pistol Pete, Jeremy Bilson.
Toronto WorkersSaturday, Phil McKnight. Sunday, Todd Schmoo.
Victoria Hotel HintonFriday,Damien.Saturday, Mick Jones.Sunday, Zane Penn.
The Vintage Golf ResortMonday, Pat Vs Cat.
Wangi Wangi RSLClubSunday, The Leadbellies.
Warners At The BayFriday, Matt McLaren.Saturday, Redline.
Warners Bay HotelSaturday, Triple Zero.
Westfield KotaraSaturday, Bobby C. Sunday, The Gleesons.
Wests CardiffSaturday, Rave On. Sunday, Cruzers.
Wests MayfieldSunday, Alias.
Wests New LambtonThursday, Angamus. Friday, Dr Zoom. Saturday, Misbehave. Sunday, The DuoTones, Rubber Bullet.Tuesday, Angamus.
Wests NEX CitySunday, The Smarts.
Wickham Park HotelFriday,Loose Bazooka.Saturday, Grant Walmsley Freebird Blues Band ft. Holly Wilson.Sunday,Ngariki,DJ Pucko.
Windsor Castle HotelSaturday, Ryan Daley.
MOVIESBreathe (M)The inspiring true love story of Robin and Diana Cavendish, an adventurous couple who refuse to give up in the face of a devastating disease. Their heartwarming celebration of human possibility marks the directorial debut of Andy Serkis. (Tower)
Coco(PG)Despite his family’s baffling generations-old ban on music, Miguel dreams of becoming an accomplished musician like his idol, Ernesto de la Cruz.
Daddy’s Home 2(PG)Father and stepfather, Dustyand Bradhave joined forces to provide their kids with the perfect Christmas.
Downsizing(M)Imagine what might happen if, as a solution to over-population, Norwegian scientists discover how to shrink humans to five inches tall & propose a 200-year global transition from big to small.
Ferdinand(G)After Ferdinand, a bull with a big heart, is mistaken for a dangerous beast, he is captured and torn from his home.
Goodbye Christopher Robin(PG)A behind-the-scenes look at the life of authorA.A. Milneand the creation of the Winnie the Pooh stories inspired by his sonC.R. Milne. (Lake Cinema)
Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle(PG)Four high school kids discover an old video game console and are drawn into the game’s jungle setting, literally becoming the adult avatars they chose. What they discover is that you don’t just play Jumanji – you must survive it.
Paddington 2(G) Now happily settled with the Brown family, Paddington picks up a series of odd jobs to buy the perfect present for his Aunt Lucy’s 100th birthday, only for the gift to be stolen.
Pitch Perfect 3(M)Following their win at the world championship, the now separated Bellas reunite for one last singing competition at an overseas USO tour, but face a group who uses both instruments and voices.
Stars Wars Episode VIII:The Last Jedi(M)Rey develops her newly discovered abilities with the guidance of Luke Skywalker, who is unsettled by the strength of her powers. Meanwhile, the Resistance prepares to do battle with the First Order.
The Greatest Showman(PG)The story of P.T Barnum, a visionary who rose from nothing to create a mesmerizing spectacle that became a worldwide sensation.
Wonder(PG)A boy born with a facial deformity is destined to fit in at a new school, and to make everyone understand he’s an ordinary kid.
THEATREHonk JrLively musical adaptation of fairy tale The Ugly Duckling, with a young cast playing the farmyard animals with very different views of a very unusual baby bird. Maitland Musical Society. Maitland Pro Cathedral (St John’s Hall): January 5 to 14; Friday and Saturday at 7.30pm, Sunday at 2pm. James Theatre, Dungog: Saturday, January 20, at 7.30pm, Sunday, January 21, at 2pm.
Operation Ouch! Live on StageDr Chris and Dr Xand, the identical twin stars of the popular children’s television series, explore medical science from a kid’s-eye view, creating incredible medical stunts and crazy experiments. Andrew Kay and Associates, at the Civic Theatre, Newcastle. Monday, January 8, at 2.30pm and 5.30pm.
POETIC: Jen Cloher’s self-titled fourth album was a brilliant expression of jealously, loneliness and anger. Picture: Simon SchluterGIRL power reigned supreme in 2017. In the pop world, Lorde returned with a mature and bold second record Melodrama, while Taylor Swift continued herglobal juggernaut with Reputation. Women were also delivering some of the most compelling indie records in Jen Cloher’s self-titled opus and St Vincent’s Masseduction. The country and roots scene kept the trend firingthrough terrific records from All Our Exes Live In Texas, Valerie June and Kasey Chambers.
The Newcastle Herald brings you its music awards for 2017.
BEST ALBUMJen Cloher – Forgot MyselfJen Cloher (Jen Cloher): This might have been Cloher’s fourth album, but it was a creative rebirth for the Melbourne indie-rocker. After several years of being overshadowed by her younger partner, Courtney Barnett, Cloherannounced herself in this poetic masterpiece of jealously, loneliness and anger towards same-sex marriage opponents and music critics (who ironically, almost universally adorned the record). The sparse Velvet Underground-stylemusical accompaniment only accentuated Cloher’s lyrical power.
Notable mentions:Masseduction (St Vincent), Who Built The Moon? (Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds), The Order Of Time (Valerie June), A Deeper Understanding (The War On Drugs).
BEST SINGLENot Worth Hiding (Alex The Astronaut): Often it’s all about timing. The best songs tap into the zeitgiest and Alex The Astronaut’s folk-pop ditty has become an unofficial anthem for the triumphant same-sex marriage campaign. The track is incredibly simple built around an acoustic chord progression, but by the time the strings kick in it’s soaring. Alex’s casual vocal delivery and personal lyrics, perfectly encapsulatethe experience of growing up for thousands.
Alex The Astronaut – Not Worth HidingNotable mentions:Green Light (Lorde), Wild & Weak (Waax), What Can I Do When The Fire Goes Out? (Gang Of Youths), Feet Don’t Fail Me (Queens Of The Stone Age).
BEST LOCAL ALBUMTeething (Brightness):Nostalgia is a powerful emotion, which quite frankly, drives the majority of the music business. Lake Macquarie’s Alex Knight, aka Brightness, tapped into that feeling beautifully on his debut record filled with driving acoustic guitar, hushed vocals and dreamy production. There is a cinematic quality in Teething’s lead single Oblivion that proves this is a masterful songwriter at work.
Brightness – OblivionNotable mentions:Rainy Day (The Owls),Untidy Lines (Rachel Maria Cox),Ouija Board Heartbreak Tambourine (Lachlan X. Morris). Yoch Bangers, Vol. 1(dave).
BEST LOCAL SINGLEJesus Let Me Fly (The Owls):Newcastle indie band The Owls have been producing wonderful garage and psychedelic tunes for the best part of adecade, but this was a real breakthrough. The song addresses Newcastle’s uneasy relationship with Christianity in this post-Royal Commissioninto Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse world.It begins with a chugging chord progression and psych riff before it explodes into a Britpop-style chorus.Sadly this song wasn’t released in the‘90s because it would have been a hit.
The Owls – Jesus Let Me FlyNotable mentions:Hope Recovery (William Crighton),kbye(Raave Tapes),Angry(Grace Turner),If I’m Smiling (It’s Because I’m Thinking About Zac Efron)(Rachel Maria Cox).
BEST NEW ACTBravo Victor: Part jazz, part pop, part R’n’B. Together the duoofJono Burgess (bass) andSophie Aked (vocals) have provided a sound not heard elsewhere in the Newcastle music scene. Their self-titled debut EP was powered by the singles The Duel and For All His Flaws andintroducedAked as one of Newcastle’s next great vocalists.
2018 PREDICTIONSThere’s plenty to get excited about in the Newcastle music scene in 2018. We can expect those lovable punks The Gooch Palms to drop a follow-up to their excellent 2016 album Introverted Extroverts and Mount Hutton-raised Nashville-based country star Morgan Evans will finally release his debut album for Warner Music Nashville.
Indie band Vacations will continue to build their foreign fan base when they make their maiden voyage to the US in March for the South By South West Festival. The band also plans on releasing their first album.
There will be continued speculation over the state of the Newcastle live music scene, especially with the iconic Cambridge and Lass O’Gowrie Hotels on the market and the loss of The Commons and Black Malabar. However, other venues like the Small Ballroom, Hamilton Station Hotel, Grand Junction Hotel and Lizotte’s will become more important stops of the touring itinerary.
BACK IN BLACK: After the death of their ex-guitarist Rob McAllister, Iron Chic directed their pain into their third album You Can’t Stay Here.ALL bands go through bleak times, be it album failure, crappy tours, personal conflicts or financial woes. But it doesn’t get any worse than the death of a bandmate.
That tragedy befell US punk band Iron Chic in January 2016 when guitaristRob McAllister unexpectedly died from undisclosed causes. McAllister had left Iron Chic six months prior, but as a founding member and close friend it left the Long Island boys grief stricken.
Yet in the ashes of their despairsprang Iron Chic’s third album, You Can’t Stay Here, released in October.
Frontman Jason Lubrano, battling with his own relationship breakdown along withMcAllister’s death, delivered his darkestlyrics yet like “It’s like driving a runaway hearse/I can’t stop, I just make things worse/Come on and take the wheel from me/Put me outta my misery” from My Best Friend (Is A Nihilist).
However, the darkness wasoffset by the band’s most anthemic-almost pop -collectionof punk rock.The result was Iron Chic’s most accessiblealbum.
“It wasn’t exactly intentional, but we hada little bit of an attempt to go pop here,” Lubrano said from New York.
“I did realise the lyrics were a little more depressing for me and usually I would temperate it with an up note and that wasn’t happening this time.
“Once it came apparent wejust ran with it and realised that’s what we’re doing and the juxtaposition wasinteresting to us.”
Iron Chic – My Best Friend (Is A Nihilist)Since forming in 2008 Iron Chichave been pumping out energetic and emotive punk, made for throwing your arm around a friendand belting out choruses on a boozy night out.
Iron Chic released Not Like This (2010) and The Constant One (2013), the success of the latter bringing the band to Australia in 2015 where they performed alongsideThe Smith Street Band.
Much like The SmithStreet Band there’s an intelligence to Lubrano’s lyrics. It’s not simply punk anger directed at authority. It regularly touches on mortality and morality.
“We’re always tried to do that,” Lubrano said.“These were the kind of things that were on my mind and the lens that I perceive the world through.
“I just try to put it down in a way that hopefully people can relate to.”
It’s often said creativity is fuelled by nature’s hardships and that was Lubrano’s experience while writing You Can’t Stay Here.
“It [pain] is conducive, I think, to creativity and if there’s something really important or particularly hard to go throughit can be acathartic thing and alsohelp bring out the things you want to say,” he said.
“That’s not to say you need it. You can draw those things out of every day life as well, but it definitely doesn’t hurt.”
Iron Chic perform at the Hamilton Station Hotel on February 3.