Love will sustain you

If I could step back in time to the day that my young husband was diagnosed with terminal brain cancer, what would I tell myself? What would I tell the ambitious, independent, achievement focused, busy young woman who was trying to balance starting a family with career and settling into a new community?  My younger... Continue Reading →

How Counselling helped me – Guidance, Independent Listening and Compassion

I had always hoped that I was psychologically strong enough, resilient enough and optimistic enough to cope with life's challenges without needing to see a counsellor. However, when a curveball of cancer knocked my young family off course, I conceded after some time that I needed to subdue my ego and seek counselling. Counselling sessions became a... Continue Reading →

Living – while your dearly loved one is dying

Just a few weeks ago when my father was dying, I dropped my kids off to school and before I went to his bedside – I went for a snorkel. It felt incongruous that in the last few days of his life I would choose to play. But I did and I am glad I... Continue Reading →

Sentimental Reflections

A few days ago I returned to a beautiful bay beach that has always had a little magic for me. It is in a National Park and is accessed by walking in several kilometres though bush full of wildflowers, tall gnarled eucalyptus gums with dusty deep pink bark, sandstone cliffs and vibrant green ferns. When you arrive there... Continue Reading →

Snow Domes

Snow Domes (or water domes as we call them in Sydney, Australia) remind me that swirling thoughts and emotions do come to rest. I live in Sydney where it does not snow and snow domes are hard to find. In our souvenir shops there are "Water Domes" for sale usually with images of beaches inside. You... Continue Reading →

Grief is Missing, and Missing is Love.

The kids and I miss my late husband every day. We feel his absence. So many triggers. Yet I am grateful for all the memories and the moments. Even though it hurts. I'm grateful for the love. Grief is missing. And Missing is Love. "I believe in missing things. I enjoy the feeling of missing. It doesn't have to imply... Continue Reading →

Books & Blogs – My Support Group

A list of some of my favourite books & blogs. But first... Support groups didn't work for me during the different phases of my journey as a brain cancer carer and then young widow and single mum. We did not have the time or the headspace to join a brain cancer support group in the... Continue Reading →

Rainbow Connections

Photo: Rainbow over my local beach - Manly Beach, Sydney Australia. Rainbows are our special connection to my husband, to each other, to hope and joy and to the mystery of life and universe. It is uncanny how many we have seen in the past 8 years since my husbands last few days with us ...... Continue Reading →

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