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This week hasn’t been a fantastic one for me. I hadn’t mentioned this previously on my blog because it felt very personal, especially when so many of the stages were unknown and based on waiting for more information. However, now we have all the information and because of some travelling I will be doing next week, it feels appropriate to address on my blog.
My Dad was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer last Friday. He is being so amazingly strong about the whole thing and to be honest, he is spending more time reassuring me that everything will be okay than I have been able to with him. Cancer hits people hard, but the fact my Dad, of all people, is the one to be diagnosed with it has been a shock. My Dad’s the kind of guy who never smoked or drank in excess and only stopped running on a regular basis about 6 months ago. He ran the London Marathon several times when I was a kid and has always tried to live a healthy lifestyle. Even though he is 64, the guy looks and acts like someone in his early 50s. So yeah, it’s a shock and I haven’t really properly processed the whole thing.
What I have done though, is sprung to action straight away and made a plan. I booked a one way ticket to England a few days ago so that I can be there when my Dad goes for an operation to remove the cancer, which is in a little over a week. The doctor has said the procedure can be quite complicated and he will be in hospital for at least 2 weeks after this, then he will have chemotherapy for a while after. So, at this point I am unsure how long I will be in England with him.
It feels so weird to think that back in 2012 I was booking a one way ticket out of England and now this time I am booking a one way ticket back there. Of course, the circumstances are entirely different and my home is still in Germany, but it just feels weird to not have a return flight arranged yet.
I feel incredibly fortunate that we did not move out of Europe this year as we had originally intended but at the same time incredibly frustrated that I don’t live close to him (he moved back from Kenya to England in May of this year, after my wedding). Expat life throws you these curveballs sometimes and it throws everything up in the air. With a week like this week has been, I honestly question if this whole thing is even worth it.
P.s. Thank you to everyone who reached out to me over this in the last week. It has meant a lot to me that people are showing their support.
P.p.s. I’ve seen some beautiful pictures this week from the #dailydiaries hashtag and I am confident next week I will have a much brighter post to accompany my favourites.
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