So I have to admit I was a terrible daughter this year for my mum’s birthday, she spent it painting the kitchen in my new house!! I promise I will make it up to her next year when she celebrates the big 5 0 …… (((Don’t tell anyone))) Or maybe with this post……. So my mum and I have always been close, we went to the cinema together and shopping all the time. Now we go grocery shopping and on nights out! When I am having a melt down because my kitchen is torn apart from my brother fixing cupboards and pulling everything out of them, she comes running. My mum has been there for me through everything, I won’t pretend we have always agreed on everything, I’m pretty sure there were boyfriends she didn’t agree with, outfit choices and maybe even all my trips to America. Regardless what I have done she has stood by me, and for this I thank her.
(How much do we want to bet she’s crying at this point?)
It wasn’t easy looking after dad from the age of 16, I cried and got angry and sometimes didn’t understand what was happening, not only was dad sick but we had no clue on how to deal with it. There is no manual to dealing with being a young carer. I think the most important thing is sticking together as a family and supporting each other. There were times where my brother and I were at each other’s throats and mum was stuck in the middle, but it always sorted itself out. She has been the shoulder I have needed to cry on, been the voice of reason when I needed one and stood back while I lost my temper. My mum has not only had to deal with helping my brother and I, but deal with the fact that her two children have a 50/50 chance of inheriting the same disease which is working its ay through her X husband. I think she is the strongest woman in the world, and has had to deal with a lot over the years. My brother and I were little shits when we were younger and I’m sure she was glad some weekends when we went to our dads. As he was symptomatic when we were teenagers, the free weekends soon ended. She never let us down, and continues to support my brother and me in everything we do. I love you mum…. Remember to keep those you love close, don’t be afraid to say sorry, and be there for each other. Sending lots of love out there to those who support others…. #imnotdrunk