2021: Hold my beer

2020 was perhaps one of the worst we’ve experienced in a long time. For many it has led to unemployment, loss of businesses, potentially breakdown of relationships as stresses impacted, loss of assets, loss of family and friends due to COVID-19, and ongoing uncertainty. We continue to wonder when it may end, though we do at least see hope with several early anti-viral vaccines.

Sadly, for our family 2021 is saying hold my beer as last year was nothing. Our mother had her regular mammogram in 2020 which had revealed an abnormality in September. All initial signs pointed to things having been caught at an early stage and mum would only need treatment for the next five years with hormones therapy. We were all quite relieved.

Then, in December results of her biopsy came back with an undesired diagnosis, she now was diagnosed with an aggressive form of breast cancer and was recommended to have chemotherapy and radiotherapy. Having previously endured both treatments in the late 1990s when she had non-Hodgkin Lymphoma, mum elected to only attempt chemo and at home rather than as an in-patient as she was last time.

Mum began her treatment last week, however the side effects of which led to a large amount of diarrhoea and subsequently dehydration. The trauma of what she endured in the 1990s has now led her to decide against further chemotherapy. It’s difficult to see her experience cancer a second time and now know she will no longer have treatment, I wonder what alternate options may exist knowing the seriousness of what is to come.

Sad this disease touches the lives of so many women. I hope some day soon Research leads to a cure.

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