Hi Linda. Just wanted to say thanks. I understand what you mean about what you show on the outside compared to what’s going on inside. Your very kind words mean a lot. I don’t think I could cope without my family, sounds you are much the same. My husband unfortunately chose some time ago, pre my diagnosis, to lose himself in alcohol. I think that just as you get to see the kindness and love, sometimes it brings into focus some unfortunate elements of personality. My main worry now is that my kids are seeing their Dad in a different light. Wow! Sorry, that took a dark turn. I think I just needed to get that out. Apologies. Honestly, this is just to say thanks. You have made me feel less isolated and okay. I hope you’re travelling well, and will be enjoying the upcoming Christmas period. I will keep you in my thoughts. 🙏
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Hi. I’ve read many of these posts and feel for everyone going through this last bit. I have been amazed at the strength shown by this community, and didn’t feel I could write anything that would add to it. But, for the first time, I feel I have to share my feelings with a community that will understand. Briefly, diagnosed with IPF in 2018, lung cancer in 2019, had chemo and radiotherapy and beat it. Until it’s return in 2020. Oncologist and I discussed options and found none. On oxygen constantly now. So now it’s just a waiting game. I haven’t had anymore scans because I don’t want to know. It’s growing but I don’t want it to define me. Stupid? Probably. I still haven’t told a lot of people, I hate the sympathetic and pitying looks. I am only now getting some pain, and find it extremely difficult to get out of the house. It’s been over a month now. I am angry with my body and the limitations it has placed on me. I am so grateful for the wonderful and caring people I have met while on this journey. And even more grateful for my family. I am writing this on one of the days the despondency has attacked, it will go, as it usually does. I have learned much about myself and even though I want to live, part of me just wishes it was over. Thanks for listening. I think you are all bloody amazing.
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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.