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Finding Joy When Times are Tough



At the time of writing this, my family is going through a rough time. Four years ago our mother suffered a stroke which left her quite disabled. Since then she has had two further strokes, two collapsed lungs and now is bedridden with emphysema after years of smoking. I have never smoked in my life and seriously can’t understand why anyone would pollute their bodies with this poison. I can assure you watching someone suffer from emphysema is harrowing.

However this is not a blog post about anti smoking or doom and gloom, in fact it’s quite the opposite.

My dad is in his early 80’s, and is actually mum’s full time carer, however she is now in hospital and we are not sure when or if she will ever come home. You can imagine these are pretty tough days at the moment but life goes on. There are times I want to just break down and sob, which I have done over the last two weeks; yet something deep inside me says that just because we are going through this, it does not mean that I have to be constantly miserable.