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I do experience a lot of mother’s guilt about missing out on so much of his life. He said to me, “Mum, you have been sick for all my life,” and 2.5 years is almost all his conscious life!
We parents want to shield our children from the worst of our cancer, but in the process, we can rob them of their emotional rights to process and grieve in their own way.
So please have that awkward conversation about your son’s testicles. You could save his life.
Now five years in remission, I am pretty darn sure I will be here to see my kids grow up.
When both parents get cancer, a teenager steps up to help out, pulling the family closer.
When one person in a family has cancer, it’s like the whole family has cancer, and you have to let everyone deal with it however they need to.
I just wanted my cancer to be as un-bad as possible.
If you don’t do all that crazy-busy stuff — even because you don’t have the energy or the white blood cells to lift yourself off the couch — it makes you feel like a bad mom
I have anywhere from 8 to 12 good hours a day, and in that, I must attend to my health, my family, my job, and hopefully, some of my important relationships.
I did not tell my daughter because she was too young to understand. She just thought I had a funny/bad haircut.