Last year about a week after I was diagnosed with cancer my sister went to Europe for a holiday. While she was away I said to my Mum that I missed her. Mum replied that she deserved to have a holiday.
In my mind more appropriate responses would have been: she'll be back soon, you can talk on the phone, you've still got me etc.
Instead of what seemed like critising me as if I had been complaining.
Sorry if this seems very petty. It is just an example of how I sometimes feel that my family does not know how to be supportive. I remember this exchange even though it was 9 months ago because it bothered me.
I feel like I have been very well behaved during the whole cancer thing. My work let me have as much time off I as needed/wanted during chemo. I did work quite a lot of shortened days but I also went as much as I could. I didn't take advantage of the situation to just go off having fun on days when I was feeling well. Maybe I should have.
Cancer Council NSW would like to acknowledge the traditional custodians of the land on which we live and work.We would also like to pay respect to elders past and present and extend that respect to all other Aboriginal people.