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Day 28

My mother and cancer ....

I was very lucky growing up. My mother and father loved us and loved each other. My siblings and I grew up in a stable and supportive environment. My family didn't have much money, but we had each other.

During my military training my mother had a problem with back pain and xrays showed broken bones in her back. After a load of tests and scratched heads, they discovered that some cancer cells from somewhere else in her body had got into her back and whilst multiplying had broken her bones.

During the next two years she got mets in many places round her body. The doctors gradually dealt with each one as they appeared. I remember when she got some in her brain and she suddenly started saying the strangest things and how she would laugh when she realised what she had said.

Radiotherapy dealt with that one, but they never did find out where the primary cancer site was. My youngest sibling was 18 and throughout my parents were always very honest and straightforward with us about what was wrong with my mother and what treatments she was going to have.

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  • Anonymous Anonymous
    51 months ago

    Oh how dreadful for your mother...and her family. So sad that you and your siblings were so young too.

    I don't know about you, but I found when I turned 40 it was like a huge slap when I realised just how young my mother was when she died (48), when you are in your twenties that seems old, but now as I inch closer to that age I realise just how young it is....

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  • Anonymous Anonymous
    51 months ago

    I cannot believe what cancer does to someone and their body. How does it break bones? You sound like you have an amazing bond with your mother and your family in general. Money cannot buy that x

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  • Aussiemale Aussiemale
    51 months ago

    L4W it got inbetween bone cells and then started to multiply. She was initially under orthopedics as they thought it was some strange fracture she had got. It was some months before they realised what was going on.

    My mother was about 53 when she died so slightly older, but my wife's mother also died of cancer and was diagnosed at 48. It all does seem pretty close.

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  • heath in the Summer heath in the Summer
    51 months ago

    So sad and I feel for your mum and your family. What love you all had in your family, what lovely memories. xx

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  • Anon de Plume Anon de Plume
    50 months ago

    I hope you have fond memories of your Mum on Christmas Day Aussiemale. Merry Christmas.

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  • heath in the Summer heath in the Summer
    50 months ago

    Merry Christmas Aussiemale and a Kiss xx

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  • Aussiemale Aussiemale
    50 months ago

    Thanks all, I must carry on to finish this as I sort of left it hanging ...

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  • Anon de Plume Anon de Plume
    50 months ago

    Waiting for a life regularly broke her series, posted other journals, then returned to the series when she felt able...hope your Christmas was sunny and fun!

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  • Anonymous Anonymous
    50 months ago

    A bit like me and my anger management. Have a great Christmas Am :) x

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  • Anon de Plume Anon de Plume
    50 months ago

    Happy New Year Aussiemale! Hope 2015 is great for you and your family.

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  • Hey_ItsMe Hey_ItsMe
    29 months ago

    Are you there Aussie?

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