One of These Mornings

It’s just gone 11pm when I hear footsteps on the stairs. I hope they’re Olivia’s but I know they’re the nurse’s. I come out of my bedroom just as she gets to the top of the stairs. My eyes meet hers. She says she thinks it would be a good idea if we come down and sit with mum. I know what that means. We immediately hurry downstairs and huddle around mum’s bedside.

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50 Shades Of Coping - Do you screw yourself over if you’re good at keeping it together?

Coping seems to be so black and white in people’s minds. Either you are or you aren’t. But in my experience, there’s a whole load of grey when it comes to managing when a loved one has cancer. Just because you went out with friends yesterday and were joking around this morning, it doesn’t mean you won’t be affected by your dad’s bad scan results this afternoon and cry yourself to sleep tonight.

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#SharingOnCaring 004 - Alice, 31, Gloucestershire

I was 25 when my mum was diagnosed with a brain tumour and just 4 short months later I had lost her.The thing I found hardest at the time was losing her at an age where we'd really just started to become friends - not just mother & daughter. We had plans for outings that never happened and I've beaten myself up so much about not having arranged them before she was ill but I just assumed she would always be there. 

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