Credit to: @macmillancancer
When Laura was 34 weeks pregnant with her first child, she noticed a change in her dad. On #FathersDay
, Laura shares with us her moving story.
“In December 2017, during the busy lead up to Christmas, my dad’s behaviour began to change. He started to feel confused, struggled with word finding and became extremely tired. His behaviour rapidly declined and early on Boxing Day, we took him straight to A&E. Initially, the doctors suspected a mini stroke from the symptoms he presented. A day of scans and tests quickly revealed that he had a brain tumour.
He was diagnosed with a Glioblastoma multiforme brain tumour and given just a couple of months to live. I was 34 weeks pregnant with our first child and couldn’t imagine a world where my dad wouldn’t see his longed-for grandchild grow up. Watching his rapid, daily decline was utterly terrifying. It felt like another part of him disappeared each day, and with each new, horrifying symptom we lost him a bit more.
Despite attempting treatment, the cancer was too aggressive, and my dad died aged 60 in May 2018, when my son was just 11 weeks old. He was supported by an amazing team of professionals, including two Macmillan Nurses.
We are a really close family and I was so lucky to have had such a strong bond with my dad. He really was the anchor at the centre of our family, the organiser, the joker and the kindest person you could wish to meet. A testament to this was the overflow at his funeral, with standing room only at the back and out of the doors.
Losing my dad at 31 is something that I still struggle with one year on. Yet losing him when my son was 11 weeks old sometimes feels unbearable. Some days it feels almost impossible to separate a memory of my new-born son or my dying dad without untangling a memory or thought of the other.
In time, I hope that being able to share stories, memories and jokes from my dad with my son will bring some comfort and keep his memory an integral part of our new family traditions.”
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