A year later, dad was diagnosed as being terminal as the cancer had spread to his liver. He passed away in January 2015, just two years after his initial diagnosis.
Looking back, I wish I had known others who had a parent with cancer. I think being able to talk to someone who was going through something similar would have made things a bit easier. One evening I exploded, it came from nowhere. I didn’t realise how much losing dad to cancer and seeing mum trying to cope on her own had affected me.
At the time, we were all trying to be so strong. But the stress of looking after both my parents during grieving periods was hard.
Thankfully mum is doing ok. She is our focus at the moment.