I put a request out on my Facebook Fan Page for people to “guest post” on my blog. I want people to see that this horrible disease doesn’t just affect me, but how it affects the others around me.
In the first of these posts, I’d like us to give a warm welcome to my lovely sister in law…..
“Hi Roz fans, I’m Christine, Roz’s sister (in-laws technically, but not that it changes anything).
I’m going to be honest. From the moment Roz began to have pains in her shoulder last summer to November – I was of course concerned – but I assumed it was one of those things where your body does something wrong, the doctors fix it, and that’s that.
I babysat Jake on the day that Neil and Roz went for the results of her biopsy. He kept me occupied, I tried not to think of anything as my mind runs away with itself alot. When they came home, I could see that the news had not been brilliant, but i was not prepared in the slightest. The best I can explain how I felt is that I felt my heart sink into my chest. I felt sorrow, anger (at the docs as you all know), scared, and I wasn’t sure what to say or do. I just knew I was there for her and my brother as I always had been, and that I was there when she needed me the most. I gave her the biggest hug in the world and didn’t want to let go till it was all over.
Since that day I feel my biggest purpose has been to be here for Roz and my family. I have bonded with my nephew and it has been more amazing than I dreamed it to be. One time I stayed at Neil and Roz’s to help out with Jake, she used her own term of “Roz-sitting”. I laughed at the time, not quite sure what to make of it. I haven’t “roz-sat” in the slightest. She has been so strong, braver than she admits, and I admire her for being herself and keeping positive. If she wasn’t in that state of mind herself, none of us would be, so we all need to thank her.
I won’t lie, I do get upset sometimes. But, immediately I think about how strong we have all been and all of a sudden I’m positive and thinking about times ahead, daydreaming about Race For Life and alsorts! Race For Life is a fantastic idea. For us, it has brought everyone together, even old school friends of Roz’s and I feel priviledged to be taking part with them!
I am doing something a little extra for Roz. You have all met Roz’s new friend – Shasta – and although my cut will never be as glam as that, I am cutting my long brunette frizzy locks (or should I say rats tails these days) off! The bravest I can be is to have it cut as a bob. Please visit my sponsor page to help me help Roz:
Thanks 🙂 xxx