My beautiful mum passed away at 8.30pm on Sunday, 23rd May. No-one could have asked for a better mum, she was such a beautiful person, inside and out. She was always there for me, even when she had her own problems. I'll always remember taking her shopping every week, she would be whizzing around on her scooter. One time really sticks in my mind, she went off on her own, then we met up an hour later, and I noticed a bra and knicker set attached to the back of the scooter. It had attached itself to her in the first shop she had been in, so she had unknowingly gone round all the shops with the underwear hanging off the back of the scooter for all to see.
We had so many tears and laughter together. She was always in pain because of her MS, but very rarely complained. She was there for me when I was diagnosed with lupus, and cried with me. She cried more for my pain, than her own.
One of my mum's proudest moments was being the first person to hold my daughter when I gave birth by ceasarean in 1991.
Eventually she was confined to a wheelchair, and gradually lost the use of her left arm as well as her legs. On April 17th my mum was admitted to hospital with multiple infections and severe dehydration. The doctors in A&E fought to save her. They were fantastic, and managed to give her another few weeks. The time she was in hospital was a real rollercoaster, she'd be really ill one minute, then giggling with us the next. She battled urine infections and pneumonia, then finally came home on Monday 17th May. We had a hospital bed set up for her in the front room so we could be with her at all times. The infections kept coming though, and mum finally gave up fighting on Sunday, 23rd May.
I haven't really taken it all in yet, it's all so surreal. We've been so busy with all the arrangements, that we haven't had time to think too much. Mum's funeral is on Wednesday, 2nd June, which would have been her's and my dad's 48th Wedding Anniversary.
Thanks so much to everyone for the lovely messages I've received over the last few weeks, it's meant a lot to me. Maybe my blog isn't the right place to put this, but my mum was such a large part of my life, that I wanted to do a tribute to her.
I'm a 44 year old mum of 2, a daughter of 19 and a son of 8. I haven't worked since having my daughter as I became ill and was diagnosed with lupus 14 years ago. I wanted a hobby that would take my mind off everything, so crafting was suggested to me. I started in March/April 2008 and have been having fun learning lots of techniques ever since.