My weekend dose of reality

How was your long weekend? Ours was… interesting. It’s been a testing weekend in our household.

We’re all sick; the whole house is down. Mum, dad and two kids are all engaged in round four with the cold virus. Ergo, defenses are down and crankiness levels are at an all time high.

Adding to the chaos is the fact that our two-year old is well and truly finding her voice; most of what comes out of her mouth is a variation of “no”, “mine” or “I don’t like it”, which is a joy to be around.


Add my grandmother’s passing last week, and it amounted to a rocky long weekend for the entire family.

There were tears. There were tantrums. There were more than a few moments where I felt more than a little sorry for myself.

And then.

Then reality came along and slapped me across the face, asking why I was being such an ungrateful, miserable sod?

My weekend dose of reality came in the form of a Facebook status update last night. A friend posted about her cousin’s son, Angus, who at the age of just three-and-a-half has been diagnosed with stage four neuroblastoma.

Here I am, whining to anyone within a three-foot radius about how tough my weekend was… And this family is dealing with an actual problem. Reality check!

Angus was only diagnosed a month ago and faces an uphill battle over the next two years, with treatments including chemotherapy, radiation and stem cell therapy.

He has a bunch of cousins on the Gold Coast who are rallying to support him, and his aunty, Mardi, is helping to organise a fundraiser in October, while also sharing awareness of his condition to urge parents to seek second opinions.

“His parents want to tell other parents to trust their instincts and take notice of any ‘growing pains’,” Mardi told the media. Angus had been crying “sore, sore” a lot, pointing first to one thigh and then the other, she said, but it took a number of tests and appointments to finally get a diagnosis.

“They want to tell parents to keep going. If they can’t get an answer, they shouldn’t be afraid to keep seeking it. They should keep pushing for answers.”

She added that the family is coping well as they adjust to “the new normal”; anyone who has experienced cancer first-hand within their family knows just how surreal that can be.

You can learn more about Angus’s battle here, and you can also donate to his fundraiser here.

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