I lost my mum a month ago. I’m 25.
She was diagnosed at the end of June with terminal cancer (Liver and esophageal), it seemed to have been discovered quite late and treatments were more about symptom management at that stage. I am part of an extremely close family ( my parents and my two siblings) My mother was 56, she had suffered mobility issues for the last 17 years so although we are used to her being generally unwell and caring for her - this is a totally different situation. I can’t believe that only 6 weeks after we found out - she passed away.
She had a stroke two weeks after her diagnosis, so the last month of her life was spent in hospital and then in a hospice. I am grateful for how wonderful the hospice were and we all managed/were allowed to stay with her 24/7 right until the end. When my mum passed it was 01:40 in the morning and we were all there right by her side, I was holding her hand.
Since then I have had waves of emotions - but often just feel numb and have no enthusiasm for anything. I have had a pain/heaviness in my chest most days like a bad chest infection, sometimes it feels like I can’t breathe so I go outside for some air. But it never really goes away it just varies in intensity- it feels a bit like having lump in your through when you’ve been crying
I was always extremely close to my mum, this is the longest I’d ever gone without talking to her, I lived 300ish miles away and we used to speak on the phone 2-3 times a day and facebook message during the day too… I am so so painfully aware of her absence but it just feels so strange now, I don’t know what I expected it would feel like but I just feel either totally empty or deeply sad.