“It was just a roller coaster ride from there. When the tests results came back, it pulled the rug out from under us. I had a very aggressive cancer, and I needed to have chemo straightaway,” Aishling said.
The intensive chemo sapped all Aishling’s strength. Her legs and back hurt constantly from the injections. Twice she caught respiratory infections, leaving her too weak to get out of bed.
But a mum with cancer is still a mum.
The responsibilities continue. Aishling’s husband, Saul, was working and doing everything he could to help. But with the mortgage and bills to pay, Aishling also held down her job, on top of having her treatment and looking after the children.
“Even when life gets tough, we still have lots of smiles. Like when we go for evening walks on the beach, or sit down for a family meal, or do homework together,” Aishling said.
“The simple things are my moments of joy.”
Thanks to your support, Mummy’s Wish were able to provide the family with a cleaner, who took care of all the big chores—mopping and vacuuming and cleaning the bathrooms.
This gave Aishling a chance to rest up properly, instead of spending all that time and precious energy cleaning, which gave her the strength to enjoy those moments of joy.
“Having a cleaner has just been amazing,” Aishling said. “She takes care of the big chores, like the vacuuming and the mopping, so I have the time and energy to make a meal once a week. I love cooking for my family. It’s such a joy to sit around the table together.
“It also means I can spend time with the children helping them with their homework. Our lives can stay as normal as possible, so the girls are happy. And if they’re happy, I’m happy.”
Because of the cleaner provided by Mummy’s Wish, Aishling is no longer exhausted all the time and she has time to stay up with Saul after the girls have gone to bed, chatting about her hopes and fears for the future.
This has helped Aishling come to terms with her illness and is just another way that you’ve lightened her load and made her life easier.
If you’d like to help us ensure more mums like Aishling get the chance to find and enjoy their moments of joy, please donate now.