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  1. Time to be real about our journey so far... 25 January this year I got major food poisoning and nearly didn't board our flight 26 January. Landed Brisbane 28 January to a long lost friend of 28 years and met my half sister for the first time. Left Brisbane 5 February and landed Melbourne the same day (cold and wet and like being back in Manchester but after Brisbane it was a huge releif!!!). Could not collect the car because we did not have an active credit car but with the help of staff we were pointed in the right direction. Within less than a week three of my family members had been killed in a car crash (two instantly but my father took about 12 hours to die). I can honestly say I consider myself quietly strong but the pain felt at that moment was like someone had a knife in my gut that just kept twisting. So, I floated around in my own little world for a week and had to get on with it because we have three children and we needed to find a permanent base. Then 3 1/2 weeks later my husband goes to see a doctor, which must be serious! and we find out he has testicular cancer. My whole world came crashing down, not for me but for my children and my husband. Somehow I knew I would be fine if I had to be but why my husband, why anybody? On the upside, he was on the operating table within 3 weeks of his first appointment at the doctors (oh, forgot to mention our insurance cover ran out just over a week prior). The company he works for has kept his job open and constantly ask if we need anything. Then on Monday one of his lymph nodes was enlarged in the back of his stomach, once again my heart sank, so bloods and Pathology, CT Scan at lake again on Tuesday another appointment at The Andrew Love Cancer Centre and good news. So an appointment was made for today for Chemotherapy, which he has had and is now resting. No major side effects yet but, he has been told he can now return to work next Wednesday. So all in all, we landed with a bump, it has been one heck of a roller coaster ride but it is beginning to slow and I have been able to look around to begin to think about making a life for us all. Financially, we have no one to rely on and today I met the person who has literally kept the roof over our heads. Yes, we have to pay it back but only as and when and in no hurry. When he asked if there was anything else he could do for us I was so a taken back I just wanted to cry at this persons kindness (I managed to hang on - just). In life we have turning points that we create ourselves and turning points that are given to us, the choices we make are our responsibility. This is one lesson I have truly decided to learn from and I am going to grasp every opportunity with both hands. Further, my children have been the best medicine I have ever received. They have been so strong, helpful and happy throughout all this. The creme de la creme was the parent/teacher consultation at school and they get rave reviews from all teachers - what more could I ask for. I must say a huge thank you to certain PIO members. Firstly, Gilliantay for your moral support, down to earth outlook and sense of humour, further the bed which was a huge help when we had no furniture. Paul&Debs for your total support when I was low and confussed, Harpondom for you sensitive side, Pozz for your help and support with my children and Pablo for you always ever wise words. There is one other person on here whose kind words took me back but I know they like to be discreet. So, to all that have managed to read the whole of this thread, as my Dad would have said - giving up is not an option and human kindness surprises you just when you least expect it. Keep smiling all, reach for your dreams and follow your heart which ever side of the world it may take you. Leila x :hug: