| Nov 13, 2023
Imagine yourself as The Mother Aisling (age: 42) or The Father Brian (age 45) or one of the 2 young children Sarah & William (ages: 1 and 3) of this young family where the mother has just been given a terminal cancer diagnosis with 6 to 12 months to live.
How would you feel:
- Want to know why me / why us?
- HOW WOULD YOU COPE?
This is the story of a young family who are supported by purple House cancer support. Aisling, Brian, Sarah, and William lives were irrevocably altered when they received the devastating news of Aisling’s cancer diagnosis.
Aisling knows She is going to die from cancer, and she will leave her children Sarah & William and husband Brian behind. Brian knows his wife is dying and he will be left alone with their two young children Sarah and William.
As well as being very ill due to her diagnosis Aisling began suffering from anxiety and chronic fear this was drastically elevated with the support services that she availed of at Purple House cancer support.
Unfortunately, and sadly, Brian lost his wife Aisling and Sarah & William lost their mother the person who they loved and depended upon most in the World.
They all suffered distress, anxiety, and chronic fear. They had various support services at Purple House cancer support and learned to cope and come to terms with Aisling’s illness and death as they began to carry on with their day to day lives without her.
They are now all in a better place and getting on with their day to day lives with the continued support services from Purple House cancer support a few years later.
A cancer diagnosis or bereavement from cancer leads to distress, anxiety and chronic fear for the person directly affected, their entire family and all their loved ones and is a major factor in poor mental health and unhappiness effecting their overall well-being.
It is estimated that 1 in 2 people will get cancer and they will need emotional support and practical help.
Purple House supported 822 families last year mainly from Southeast Ireland and South Dublin however it is estimated that 210,000 families will require support in Southeast Ireland including South Dublin alone based on the statistics of 1 in 2. Our goal is to be able to help the other 209,178 families.
The story of Aisling, Brian, Sarah and Wiliam is a poignant reminder of the immense challenges that cancer brings and the crucial role of our support services at Purple House play in guiding families through their darkest hours toward eventual heling and resilience.