Thank you Linda and Julie. I really appreciate it. You jump online not expecting anything except a place to vent- it was a relief to hear back.
I took a look at your own stories and can't tell you how remarkable you both are. Cancer is scary and is very hard on the families of those people with cancer.
I can only imagine how much harder it must be for those dealing with it directly- not only do you not feel 100% (i know this is an understatement but Mum hates me describing her as being 'sick'), but you have to worry about how your families are coping with it.
Thanks again for taking the time to respond to me - with all you're going through it is really appreciated.
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I only joined on the weekend- but I agree- I'm really glad there is a place for people to visit and share their feelings through these difficult times. I feel better already for having written something of my own.
Thanks to the Cancer Council for creating this space.
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My mum was diagnosed with esophageal cancer recently which has spread to her lymph nodes and is making it hard for her to eat. We knew she had cancer in the lymph nodes but it took a while for them to finally find the source (much to my shock).
She has lost a lot of weight. My Mum is 53 and i feel she is too young to have this happen to her. She has my Dad though- which is a great comfort to me- but i also worry about how he is coping. He is 67 and his work are being horrible to him about taking time off to help Mum with her appointments. It is just terrible- I want to do something but Dad has told me not to so I am acting against my better judgment and sitting on it for now. I don't live with Mum and Dad- I work and live in the city but I am really close to both of them which i should be thankful for because not a lot of people can say that about their Mum and Dad.
I am finding it really hard to cope with and after reading everything online I'm worried there is not much hope with this kind of cancer. I can't stop crying and with my crazy hours at work I feel guilty for being at work and not spending more time with mum. I plan to spend more time with her but it is killing me to think that time might be limited.
I'm not sure how to handle it all and welcome any advice on how other family members kept a healthy balance - if there even is one.
One more thing, i find this whole cancer business crap- i look forward to a world where cancer doesn't exist. It is so horrible.
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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.