Hi girls, I'm alive.. just..
Been crazy lately, hence why I haven't been around. Hope you all had a great Christmas with the Bubs.. and a safe transition into the New Year!
So whats been happening on my end? Well on a positive note, we've reached a few long awaited milestones with Jake -- in the last cpl of months Jake has learnt to use his POTTY yay! We've given away the bottles and dummy, and been finally sleeping the night through IN HIS OWN BED.. no more midnight sneaks into my room!
Also, a new addition to the family.. Santa brought a little white kitten called Max.. oh so cute!
On a not-so-good note, my Mum was diagnosed with Hodgkins and Non-Hodgkins Lymphatic Cancer in November. She underwent major surgery to remove the 12cmx8xm tumour from her heart, and many smaller tumours from her lung, lymph nodes etc. Her recovery was slow and painful, she gave us a bit of a scare when she wouldn't breathe on her own after the surgery.. but thankfully after a gruelling 6 hours, her body finally starting to initiate the breathing apparatus. They found this was due to one side of her diaphram being paralyzed by a tumour that had strangled a connected nerve.
Mum had her first bout of chemotherapy yesterday, and I briefly spoke with her this morning.. she sounded very unwell. She has 6 sessions, every 3 weeks. They are also treating her with radiotherapy and other medication. She will definitely lose her hair, a long mane she has always been well known for.
The family rallied together and raised the $700 for her wig and products to save her the cost.
My Mum is young, she had me at the wee age of 16yo.. she just turned 39 in September. We were lucky that the cancer was spotted, thanks to a thorough doctor who ordered her to have an x-ray after she complained of a re-occurring "pulled muscle" in her chest.
So, my time is divided between being a single Mum to my 3yo son Jake, and caring and supporting for my Mum also when I can. Its a juggling act.. and I'm tired..
Something to look forward to: offer rounds for Uni 2007 will be released in a couple of weeks, however I don't try and think about how I will manage studying a Law Degree whilst all this is going on.
To rock the boat even more, my lease for my current home has ended. I did not find someone (despite my efforts) to share with, so I have to quickly decide what to do. Stay where I am, far from where I need to be.. or move closer.. but have to pay alot more rent in the process?? But with nothing available at the moment, and last weeks paper stating that tenant-hopefuls are offering to pay more than asking rent to bribe the landlord.. hmm does not look positive.
So thats me.. thanks for reading this far if you've managed to.
If anyone else out there has dealt with cancer, or been a carer.. I'd love to speak to you as we have not been touched by this disease before, and we all feel a bit lost.