Topic: My Mum
My Mum died last Saturday, 21st April. She was only 68 years old.
I've always dreaded having to be adding to this section, and here I am.
Mum was diagnozed about 13 months ago. She had a liver resection in Greece last summer. This January, she was told that the cancer had come back, in her liver. She decided to return to UK, to be with family, and have access to palliative care.
She was supposed to return to Greece Monday 2nd April, we were hoping that she could scrape another month or 2 out there maybe. Instead, she went hospital on the day her flight was due to leave. 8 days later she was transferred to a hospice. 10 days after the move, she died.
I am feeling very sad, very flat.
The highlight of her last week was the arrival of my Brother from NZ. That was the last coherent, relatively normal conversation we had with her. That was 2 days before she died.
The cancer, the Docs think, went to her brain. Either that, or she suffered some strokes. It was without a doubt the saddest and most distressing week of my life, because she did suffer, mentally, and physically, inspite of everyone's best efforts.
I am relieved for her, and us, that she has moved on now.
My Brother and I feel honoured to have had such a fantastic Mum. We have NO bad memories of her at all. She has only ever supported and loved us as we are. Really, not one bad memory. What a tribute to a wonderful Mother. I will miss her for always.
Here is a nice link from one of her friends, from his website
Last Saturday, my husband reconnected up an old hard drive of mine. And on it, I found a video clip I took of her, when I was in Kefallonia in January. From being a tearful wreck, I sat and watched it and laughed! My Brother was hit by tears the following day, and when I showed him this film, he also laughed. It was our Mum! Her voice, her eccentric life, in a brief and grainy film. I'm uploading it to the net as I type, and will post a link if it works. THAT is how I will remember her!!
Cholangiocarcinoma, what a bummer.