My story started quite some time ago in the summer of 2007 when mum was diagnosed with Breast Cancer. Mum had an operation to remove the Cancer which itself was a success. We were grateful and thankful to all the NHS staff that contributed to help mum. We were very proud of how mum had remained so calm and positive throughout her treatment and over the moon that it had been a success.
The type of Cancer mum had meant that she still had to take medication on a daily basis after her operation was over. This medication slowly, over time triggered a host of side effects and mum had to take more medication to help counteract the side effects she was experiencing. This had a consequent impact on mum's mental and physical health which she later required hospital treatment for.
Going forwards, Mum made an incredible recovery and before long was back to baking her cakes,being creative with her art's and crafts, reading her favourite books, listening to her favourite music and going out on little shopping trips but new medication would leave mum feeling weak and a little fragile at times which contributed to a fall mum had on a bus during the Autumn of 2010.
Mum had a check up at hospital where she was told she was okay, just had a bump on her head and a grazed knee so was allowed home.
On November the 18th 2010 while at home, mum was sadly and suddenly taken from us. Left shocked and with broken hearts we learned mum had an undiscovered Aortic Aneurysm which had ruptured. The cause of the Aneurysm couldn't be identified but it was possible that it could have been triggered from the fall mum had had a month and a half earlier.
The side effects from the medication Mum was taking, following her Cancer contributed largely to the events that occurred afterwards and this is why there needs to be more research into types,effects and treatments of Cancer.
Over the years including very recently I have sadly seen family and friends lose their fight with cancer but also seen joyous moments when others have beaten it and been given the all clear.
Also as my family and friends will know, my Partner Mark has for the last 6 months been receiving Chemotheraphy treatment for High Grade Non- Hodgkin Lymphoma.
It has understandably been a very difficult and trying time for him, us and our families. It has been a constant roller coaster of pain, illness, mixed feelings, confusion, emotions and so much more but I am relieved to say he is now in complete remission.
Our journey isn't over yet, we still have a way to go before Mark begins to feel like himself again but he certainly is on the road to recovery and that is down to the treatment and support he has received.
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