Sunday, November 17, 2013

An update.....

Some of you may have noticed that I've been absent from my blog over the last few weeks.  Unfortunately it's hard to write posts about beauty when life throws you an ugly curveball and three weeks ago we found out my Dad had a brain tumour.  
 
Within a matter of days we had flown home to Newcastle to be together as a family as the surgeons operated to remove the tumour.  We spent a lot of time just sitting and waiting anxiously and spending time with Dad when he was recovering in the hospital ward.  I never thought I'd ever get to know a hospital so well.  

The prognosis for my Dad isn't great and we don't know how long we have with him but we have him here today and that alone is worth celebrating.  Today he is strong, fit, healthy and most of all happy.  He has some minor speech difficulties but other than that he still remains my funny, courageous Dad telling us all that everything is 'good, really really good' and making sure that we're all okay.  He'll start radiation and chemo soon and we all remain positive that the side effects will be minor.

My Dad a week after surgery

It's taken me awhile to write this post because I know this is an ugly subject to write about on a beauty blog but this is me and over the next few months my posting may be sporadic on the blog as I'll be flying back home whenever I can.  My family has and always will be the most important thing to me and I remain grateful for the time I have had and do still have with my Dad.


Life is short, Break the Rules,
Forgive quickly, Kiss SLOWLY.
Love truly. Laugh uncontrollably
And never regret ANYTHING
That makes you smile
-Mark Twain


Thankyou to those who have sent messages of love and support, even when I haven't replied please know that I appreciate every single one of you.

Kayte xx

14 comments:

  1. That's terrible news :( I'm glad you still get to spend time with him and that you have a very close-knit family. I adore my dad and would be devastated if anything happened to him. Stay strong and I wish you all the best x

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  2. Oh honey that's such an awful shock, definitely spend as much time with him as you can and it's great that he's still in great spirits given the situation - he looks like a pretty cool dad! Sending lots of love to you & your family x

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    1. Thanks Amy - he's the coolest but I am quite biased ;) xx

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  3. What a trooper your Dad is by being so brave for the family. He sounds like such a nice guy. Sorry it's been such a hard time for your family. I really hope the radiation and chemo aren't too traumatic, and they do a really good job for your Dad. Take care of yourself, and get back to the blog when you're up to it. I'll be thinking of you and your Dad. Big hugs.

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    1. Thanks so much for your kind words Susannah, means a lot xx

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  4. Oh Kayte, that is terrible news and I am so sorry to hear it. My Gramps has been diagnosed with the hateful C a few months ago, though he's in stage one and undergoing treatment - I know how gutted I was to hear the news and can't even bear to imagine it happening to my Dad. I'm sending positive thoughts and prayers your way and hope you have a lot more time left with him. His courage is very inspiring. Please spend every precious moment that you can with him and stay strong. <3

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    1. Thanks heaps Renu, sending love and well wishes to your Gramps also xx

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  5. I am SO sorry Kayte. Having been through the big C with my Dad and my Mum I can sympathise with you and your whole family. It is truly amazing the strength that the patient finds within to help those loved ones that are around. I think that it often more difficult for us watching on than the patient in some ways. We feel completely helpless but the best thing that we can do is just be there for them. Sending lots and lots of love to you all at this very difficult time xxx

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    1. Wow both parents Kate - that's so unlucky and unfair!! Thanks so much for your kind words, means a lot to me xx

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  6. Ohh hun, I'm so sorry to hear this. Sending you positive thoughts and strength to you and your family xo

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    1. Oh I missed this comment Amy - thankyou for your kind words and support xx

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  7. Oh I am so sorry to hear this news, stay strong. I've been hit with a similar curveball myself this year and understand how you must be feeling. When family and friends offer support.. take it! They will be your pillars of strength during this time. Trust me on that.

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    1. Thanks Anita - best wishes to you in your situation also xx

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