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Dad and I at my wedding in 2009

I thought a Sunday was a good time to tell you all about something happening in my life at the moment. Just a little insight – in case I miss a post here or there, or seem a little more distracted than usual – into the reason why.

My Dad is currently in hospital undergoing his first round of Chemo for Non-Hodgkins lymphoma. He’s got an aggressive tumor in his shoulder that has been growing for a long time now, but it’s taken the doctors almost a year to work out what was causing his muscle weakness and pain. Part of me wants to get really angry about how long it took them, but most of me is just relieved that he is finally in treatment, and his pain is much reduced from what he’s been experiencing over the last few months.

His prognosis is good, but all we can do now is wait and hope. I’m sure many of you out there have experience with cancer, and know what I mean. It’s the first time any of my close family has had cancer, so it’s a big learning curve for us.

I debated with myself as to whether to post anything here about it, as I work hard to keep ED a positive and inspirational space, but those of you who know me on twitter/facebook might have already seen me talk about it, and honestly, it’s going to be a big part of my life for the next who knows how long. If you don’t already know, Nick and I live on the same property as my Mum and Dad, so we’re going to be right in the thick of taking care of them both as we all go on this journey. I’m an only child (and definitely a ‘Daddy’s Girl’), too, so we’re a pretty close little family.

It’s hard to focus on work while someone you love is sick and in danger of dying… but life goes on, doesn’t it?

I’m not planning on writing any more about this in the near future, but I wanted to let you all know what’s happening, and open myself up for any advice you might have. Please send my Dad your good thoughts, it would mean the world to me.

Jess xx 


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