Campaigns and Appeals
1. Donate to our Mummy’s Christmas Wish Appeal – https://mummyswish.org.au/christmasdonation/
2. Share our facebook and other social media posts with your friends and family
3. Host a Mummy’s Wish Christmas Fundraiser through Everyday Hero or Facebook https://everydayhero.com.au/event/mummyswish
Bridget, 33 year old mum of 2, was feeling excited about returning to work after 3 years
of maternity leave, when her whole world came crumbling down around her.
She was diagnosed with late stage bowel cancer and about to fight for her life.
One minute she was preparing to return to teaching, instead she faced multiple surgeries involving
bowel resection, an ileostomy that had to be formed and reversed, a hernia and then 6 months of
gruelling chemotherapy. This was not in Bridget’s plan.
She found chemotherapy to be a mental game.
“You would recover just in time to get blasted with poison all over again.”
“As well as the physical toll there is a significant family and emotional
impact too – much more emotional than I expected.”
Bridget felt incredibly weak and faint, and at times was unable to hold her children in her arms for up to
six weeks at a time.
“This was torture for my children and for me,” she says. “Each time I was in hospital, my son would develop a stutter. Clearly he was affected and struggled with mum ‘being sick’.”
But by far, the worst part of Bridget’s cancer journey was the ‘mum guilt’.
She felt guilty about everything – not having the energy to cook meals, clean and give her kids her love and attention. She felt guilty that she missed a whole year of her children’s lives and that she was a poor partner to her loving husband, who had put his life on hold to care for her.
“He would come home after work to a messy house, no groceries for dinner, crazy kids
and an exhausted wife. He constantly lifted me up and kept our family going. I just wished
that I could spend more precious time with my family”
Then a colleague at work mentioned her experience and support from
Mummy’s Wish when she had cancer. Bridget immediately reached out to
Mummy’s Wish’s support coordinators who helped her realise that whilst
life was going to be hard for a while, it’s okay to ask for help and that
Mummy’s Wish will be there to support Bridget and her family.
“They were super friendly and understanding, and they actually knew what
I might need help with before I knew. I’m not sure how
I would have coped without them.”
Mummy’s Wish is dedicated to helping mums just like Bridget. We understand
what the struggle looks like and how to help because a mum with cancer is still a mum.
How does Mummy’s Wish help?
Mummy’s Wish does not receive any Government support. It is with thanks to Mummy’s Wish donors that when mums are hospitalised and facing the fight of their lives we are able to provide personal and regular ongoing practical support that is tailored to the needs of each mum. We are there to listen and keep in touch with each mum throughout her treatment. We provide practical support that includes house cleaning, gardening, counselling and the delivery of nutritious meals.
In addition to practical support, Mummy’s Wish also provide Care Packs that include comfort bears,
therapeutic books and resources to provide parents with the tools to communicate with their children, and help them understand and cope with mum’s diagnosis. The Mummy’s Wish teddy bears are a particular favourite as mum can record a message on a heart shaped voice recorder and place it inside the bear. When the child hugs the bear, they are instantly connected with their mum.
“My children loved the voice memo bears. My son is still very proud of his bear.
We also received a gardening voucher which took the pressure off my
husband so he could focus on the kids.”
Will you help us reach and support more mums like Bridget at a critical time in their life by donating <amount> which will provide <what> this Christmas?
Your support will make an immediate and practical difference – Bridget is now cancer free and although experiences some side effects from treatment, is looking forward to spending Christmas with her family. She wishes all mum’s with cancer could be supported by Mummy’s Wish.
Thank you for being part of the Mummy’s Wish community – Our wish for you is that you have a wonderful and healthy Christmas with those you cherish.
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