Day 3 - One day at a time - Doe’s story
I cope with my life by taking each day as it comes. I have an nasojejunal (NJ) tube for mobility issues of the oesophagus and stomach. I also suffer with dysmotility. I am due to get a percutaneous endoscopic gastro-jejunostomy (PEGJ) following further tests. I suffered placental abruption during two of my pregnancies resulting in a full abdominal hysterectomy leaving scar tissue and nerve damage. Additionally, I have also suffered with fibromyalgia, migraines, asthmas and intermittent depression. To cope with all this, I follow my nan's motto - one day at a time!
I have three beautiful children. My eldest is 24 and left home a few months ago and has a fantastic career and an apartment on the waterfront. My eldest son is 17 - he has fibromyalgia and is on the autism spectrum. He is an amazing, loving, kind-hearted boy and is due to start an animal behaviour level 3 diploma in September. My youngest son is 11. He has Type 1 Diabetes. He is also an extremely loving and kind-hearted boy. He is very bright and due to go to senior school in September.
As you can see, there's a lot to deal with in my family - but I keep going because I must for my children and myself. I am also fortunate to have fabulous support from my mother and father. We have our ups and downs, but we have a lot of love which gets us through. One day at a time is all we follow.