If there is one word that sends shivers down my spine it is the ‘C’ word – Cancer!


Today I am attending the funeral of a brave lady who recently lost her long battle with this insidious monster. She showed such courage and composure throughout her treatment. Her bravery was unbelievable. This lady was very entrenched in the school community and gave her all to support her sons.


This Mum was the epitome of an organized multitasker – she even planned her funeral down to the music and flowers and ensured her sons had suits purchased in readiness.


It breaks my heart to think that she will miss her son’s graduations, marriages and children. It seems so unfair that she has been robbed of such rights of passage.


She is just one of many brave mothers that I know who are currently fighting this devastating disease. I take my hat off to these women who are juggling the demands of motherhood with the dreadful reality of treatment.


I am in awe of the mental strength of these women and I wish I had a miracle cure to ease their suffering.


So when your kids are making a mess and being too noisy tonight, take a moment to be grateful that you are here to experience them growing up. I used hate the thought of growing old, but I now think it is a privilege – one that too many wonderful mothers will miss out on because of that hideous ‘C’ word.



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3 thoughts on “THE ‘C’ WORD

  1. Great read … It is a tragedy, and for me as a mother of two it is hard to accept that I too had the ‘C’ scare just last month… Cervical cancer the clear for now – however it is the very thought that life can soon take a turn, and sometimes there is nothing you can do but listen to doctors and care for your body the best way you know how in addition to worrying for those that love you who also face the hideous prospect of their life changing too … Life is precious and delicate – cherish the small things!

  2. Lovely post Jo – sad to hear a mum at the school passed away. Yes it can be easy to take our health for granted. Life IS precious! xx

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