More than 5 years and I still think of my lovely Mum every second of the day.....
by Jo Andrews
My Mum died on 7th May 2007 and I still think about her every second of every day. My sister and brother talk about her now with smiles as they remember all the lovely funny things she said and done but I can't without breaking down. I say little things but have to keep it short as I will start to cry, even after over 5 years. I loved her so much, she was a great Mum. I just can't get over her not being around anymore. She had a horrible ending and I feel so sorry that I did not help her more. It all started when she went to the dentist. The dentist said she had a small blackish mark on her gum at the top so he referred her for a biopsy just to see what it was. It was a malignant melanoma, very rare in this place. She went into hospital very quickly and had her soft palate removed which left a gaping hole in the roof of her mouth. She had to have a 'plug' made on a plate to cover the hole so she could eat and swallow. She coped so well with that but the radiotherapy burned her neck and face badly. Still she never moaned. A couple of years later she got breast cancer which resulted in a mastectomy and chemotherapy. Off and on for 12 years she had different types of cancer until she finally passed away in a hospice aged 76. She was still driving up until 3 weeks before she died and was doing a computer course. She was cooking us all roast dinners even though she couldn't eat or swallow for quite a while before she died. She wouldn't let me wash up or do anything for her. We still went shopping together every other Saturday and she spoiled all of the grandchildren. Christmas Day is not the same without Mum, she got everyone together and made us play games (even though we tried to resist). She had so much energy, life and a big personality and I miss her every day. Kathleen Mary Andrews.....I Love You xxx