Family time when a loved one is diagnosed with Glioblastoma Multiforme

Being the primary caregiver of someone who has been diagnosed with Glioblastoma Multiforme (aka stage 4 brain cancer) and still keeping your own identity as a wife, mom, employee, having friends, etc is challenging.   A lot of times the reason I’m home is because I really just can’t leave him alone for too long, but there are times that I stay home because I feel guilty going out and having any type of fun or social life when I know he feels miserable.  At the end of the day I know that I am better equipped to take care of him when I do make sure I take time to recharge, enjoy life with the kids, or just have some quiet time alone, so this weekend I did just that.  I recharged and spent some time with the kids.  On Saturday Mike decided at the last minute to come with to the Zoo, and on Sunday I took the kids to Busch Gardens.  Mike was supposed to come to Busch Gardens, (the tickets were donated to us by the Fort Eustis Army Base) but he decided it would just be too much walking and he doesn’t do well with crowds because of his vision loss issues.  I knew that this was the last weekend that the amusement park would be open for the season, so I decided to take the kids.  There’s just something about the pure joy of a 4 year old that will lift any mood! 

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