“Looking forward, I will not wish time move faster. I will not cry over a bad day at work, or a bad hair cut.
“Looking forward, I will smile when family call during my favourite show – for I have a family.
“And nothing will matter more than life and love.”
These were the words I told myself, the day I found out my mother would not lose her life to cancer…
It’s amazing how one day, one moment in time, can change your life – and how you view it.
It was more than five years ago now, but I remember that moment as though it were yesterday.
I was at work when my phone rang that afternoon. I answered, using a silly voice, seeing “Dad” on the caller ID.
My mother’s test results were due that day, and I had been meaning to call. They wouldn’t be anything serious though – they never were.
Looking forward, I won’t be so naïve.
The diagnosis was cancer – and I was overwhelmed by an all encompassing feeling of despair.
The following two weeks seemed an eternity as my family clung together, drawing on strength we didn’t know we had, waiting for the outcome.
Over the next 14 days, my world changed, and so did my perspective on life. Things that seemed important, became irrelevant.
My job, my car, my house, my income – I’d have gladly lost them all, as long as I didn’t lose my mum.