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Brain cancer, my Dad and Me

by Anonymous

26 April 2015 at 05:30

Little celebrations

The little celebrations in life. When my dad was initially diagnosed October 2014 we were the most positive bunch, taking selfies from his hospital bed, thumbs up at every opportunity. Whilst quietly petrified every time dad was high on steroids or left on his own. Wishing we could wrap him up in cotton wool and ensure he'd come to no harm. In reality after diagnosis and surgery looking back now that was when my dad was at his most able, healthy and independent. I wish now that we'd given him breathing space instead of fussing, panicking at every new symptom or whenever dad moved. I wish we'd cherished that time before the illness, treatment and brutal reality took hold. My dad is currently stable with only the odd mini stroke here or there to remind us harshly that the tumour is still lurking in his brain. All in all he is in a great place (fingers crossed it'll continue like that for a while) the frustrating truth is that my dad's enjoying medically induced happiness- the steroids and chemo seem to be doing the trick. But what happens when he eventually comes off the medication? Our family have learnt to celebrate the small things in life, be that dad walking to the post box or making his own lunch. I'm going to cherish the steroid high for as long as i can and just avoid what lies around the corner. Whatever will be will be. For now the positive thumbs up selfies shall continue.

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