Hi Long story short(maybe not so short), the day before I got on a plane and moved to Australia my Mum was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer. I've been here a week and I'm struggling big time. She didn't want me pass up a great job opportunity because at the time we weren't sure how serious it is. After some research and tests it's pretty clear she isn't going to have an easy time. She's a glass half full kind of person, even now she's positive and understanding of her own situation but I cant handle being so far away. She doesn't want me to come home but I can't deal with this by myself. It's unclear how advanced her cancer is and what timeframe she has. She says she doesn't feel sick but she is suck a head strong person she wouldnt tell anyone if she is. I have so much respect for her and she's never pointed me in the wrong direction, she says I need to stay here so I can be closer to my sister but I feel like I'm deserting her. Every day is a struggle being away but I know it will be even harder being home. If anyone can give some advice or guidence or insight if you've been in the same situation. I dread the fact that the next time I see her she won't be mum.
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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.