Windswept wrote:Hi, this is my first post here, but I have been reading for a while. I've been stage IV all along, but we were chasing cure. In March we moved to confirmed incurable. I have a four-year-old son and the sadness and despair about leaving him motherless is nearly all-consuming. I haven't been able to connect with any local young adult support groups. Does anyone here have any coping tips? I'm trying to stay hopeful, clinical trials and more chemo are on the table, but I'm finding it really difficult.
One of the coping tips that I see the most across the spectrum when a parent of young children has a grim prognosis, is to write letters for
the child to receive on milestone occasions in the future. Remember in that movie "Stepmom", the mother made memory quilts for her children?
Long before my diagnosis and coming into this forum community, I had been in an online support team for a mum with a young child. She kept a blog which in recent months has been published as a book. This mum was very realistic about the stages in her child's life that she was going to be present for and what her husband and
their extended family would need her guidance on - down the track. Google "gracefulwomanwarrior".
Scrapbooking is another way of gathering memorabilia and stories that only you can tell.
It is heartbreaking that your life has been visited by this most unwelcome intruder - mother interrupted - cancer might take your body, it can never silence your voice.