Anyone who has followed my blog might remember that I have mentioned my mum's battle with cancer over the last 12 years. When I got engaged 3 years ago her non-hodgkins lymphoma returned for a 3rd time and she started treatment again. They tried stem cell treatment just after I got married, but 18 months ago she was told that they couldn't get enough stem cells to make this an option. She was still having a 3 monthly treatment to try to keep the non-hodgkins at bay and this looked like it was working.
About a month after Harry was born mum started complaining of a pain in her legs and they started to swell slightly. After a couple of blood tests and her doctor ruling out a DVT, he suggested she went to her specialist at Christies to check it wasn't related to the non-hodgkins.
Although this was ruled out, she was referred to a bone marrow specialist and at the end of May we got the terrible news that she was now suffering from Acute myeloid leukemia. She entered Christies at the beginning of June to start 10 days of continual chemo, but unfortunately the treatment was not successful. She after contracting a chest infection near the beginning of her treatment that developed into pneumonia and she no longer had any immune system to fight it.
On Saturday 27th June she passed away at the age of 60 with my dad, brother and myself at her side. This was 2 days before my 2nd wedding anniversary and 12 weeks after Harry arrived, the grandchild she was so looking forward to having.
To say I am finding it hard to cope is an understatement, especially having my baby and not having my mum to turn to for advise, but I have started to get back into my craftroom and potter about. I'm finding it such a help just to lose myself for a short time in my hobby and my hubby has been great allowing me some time to craft.
I'm hoping to start being brave enough to start showing my cards again, I have lost all my confidence with them as it's been so long!! Hopefully I can catch back up with all the new products, as everything moves so fast, although I am already building up my promarker collection and have been lucky to get the Miss Anya and Rain, Snow Shine sets from Tracey at Dies to Die for.
Hopefully I might be brave tomorrow and also show off some more pics of my gorgeous little boy.