Miss­ing mum

Australian Women’s Weekly NZ - - YOUR LETTERS -

Just re­ceived the lat­est copy of The Aus­tralian Women’s Weekly, flicked through and there it is, just how I feel – “I have mourned the mother I had” (Kiwi en­tre­pre­neur Char­lotte Dev­ereux talk­ing about her mother’s bat­tle with Alzheimer’s). Six­teen years on from los­ing my mum to breast can­cer, there I was right back at the mo­ment she told me, “Sharon, I have breast can­cer.” It was on my birth­day, and left me numb with shock. My heart aches, my throat has closed over and the tears flow again. It was that mo­ment I lost the most valu­able re­la­tion­ship in my life. She was still there, but our lives changed for ever. Ev­ery­thing re­volved around end­less tests, treat­ment and wait­ing for the next bomb­shell – “Un­for­tu­nately your can­cer has metas­ta­sised into your bones; your can­cer is ter­mi­nal.” I, and many oth­ers have also had these spe­cial re­la­tion­ships and mem­o­ries snatched away from us. Thanks Char­lotte for shar­ing your story. SHARON FLAN­NERY

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