I’ve been thinking about how to write about my family for about three weeks now. Like all families we have had our ups and downs and I’m sure there will be many more to come. We are on both sides, a bunch of crazy people, but when the poop hits the fan we are there for each other and in the end that’s all that matters.
I’m so unbelievably thankful for the family I was born into. I have two wonderful parents who love me with everything they have and a brother who I know would stand up for me come hail, rain or shine. They all rallied round me in 2003 when I got my diagnosis and took on the roll of carer/taxi service when necessary. It was a full two years before I was up and working again and in that two years I never once felt like a burden. I truly can’t be more thankful for all their love and support.
My little family has over the years expanded. It’s been wonderful gaining my step dad, step sister and sister in law. When I married Nick the family expanded even more as I gained 5 brothers and an amazing sister, who just happens to be an Amy too. The Abbott’s opened up their homes and hearts to me from day one. I remember how nervous I was to meet them all but was so happy to see they were as loving, warm and crazy as I’d hoped they would be.
When I met Nick I was going through a really good spell health wise. He knew I’d been sick previously but as I thought I’d fully recovered it wasn’t something we talked about in great lengths. We were both devastated to see my illness back but Nick and his family have been nothing but amazingly supportive. I couldn’t be more thankful for them, understanding, as my family do, that careers have had to be put on the back burner and new dreams have had to be made.
This illness can really turn your life upside down but it’s been wonderful having my family around to help slowly pick up the pieces. For those with Chronic illnesses it’s so important to have supportive, understanding and loving family around them and I so glad to say that my family are just that.