Augustine Heights, QLD
When I was pregnant with my first child my mother was diagnosed with Pancreatic cancer. She wanted to stay at home so I left my job as a nurse in a care home, left my husband to live with my mum in Melbourne. I cared for her at home for 6 months before she died in a palliative care home, I learnt things about my mum in that time period and saw her in a whole new light. About 3 weeks after my son was born back in 2002, since then I’ve had 3 more children, e boys and a girl. The boys all have adhd and autism, I still have not gone back to work as I’m their full time carer, I wouldn’t change my life, I don’t regret not going back to work it was an easy decision. It’s been tough financially and emotionally but so very worth every hardship to see them succeed and overcome their difficulties. My husband in the last 3 years has also been diagnosed with adhd and autism, it was a relief to get the diagnosis as so much of his behaviour was explained. I have very little family in this country as my parents were English, my husbands family don’t understand how different our life is from neurotypical families, we’ve lost friends, had the police rung on us when the boys had meltdowns, the boys school has been wonderful and supportive with the boys inclusion in a mainstream p to 12 school. My nursing skills have come in handy but even if I didn’t have those skills I would do the same thing again. Thank you ????