|The 3 of Us (taken just weeks before Mama's diagnosis last year)|
|Abby won't leave Mama's side|
|@ Shakespeare Santa Cruz|
You may wonder how I know all of this. Well, in a big role reversal, I'm a sole caregiver for my mama. It has been an incredibly difficult year ― physically, emotionally, mentally, spiritually and socially ― and yet I would not trade this time together. Though Mama's short-term memory suffers greatly, her long-term seems enhanced as she recalls bits and stories of her life previously not shared. Her fiercely strong spirit and deep love of Venice drive her healing.
|Our Cousin, Miriam Margolyes, & Us|
|Abby (aka Piglet)|
Here we go again (on plan-making)... Our trusted brain cancer specialist gave the OK to accompany Mama to her beloved Venice, Italy for a 4-week trip culminating in her 70th birthday celebration. This trip is Mama's greatest last wish and with a clean brain scan in August, we hope to leave in the first days of September. We will be looking for a 2+BD/2+BA apartment on on the Grand Canal. Comfortable indoor views of the canals are necessary so Mama can enjoy her beloved city even on days she's not well enough to explore (and not too many stairs). Though our preference is to plan in advance, medical circumstances prevented such; now many of the homes for rent are taken, so if you know of any available Venice homes for rent, please let us know!
What else are we doing besides trying to focus on the positive in the now? Struggling to arrange in-home care, searching for work, dealing with financial matters, decluttering and downsizing household/personal items, preparing the house for sale, going to doctor appointments and tests, scouting possible apartments in downtown Redwood City, and planning our exciting trip to Venice, Italy... (oh, and I'm finishing up a TESOL/TEFL certification course so I can work as an English tutor abroad). Hmmm, no wonder we're exhausted!
|Abby ♥ Johhny too|
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LEARN MORE about My Amazing, Memorable Mama in this tribute post.