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Up and Down feelings

How can you go from feeling so great for having accomplished so much in one day, to feeling so flat and down for no reason. I know there is a reason, but why all of a sudden? I spoke to mum this afternoon to see how she was going and if she wanted some extra support tomorrow for her bone marrow test. She is coping with this so much better than I am. I am not very good at waiting for results, I want to know now! Hopefully tomorrow the DR will have some more information and test results to be able to start making some decisions on treatment.

I was on such a roll today with work for Mummy’s Wish. I am trying to finalise all of our policies and procedures to put into an organisational manual to help prepare us for applying for grants and sponsorships. I was hoping for a policy fairy to appear, but she never did so “if it is to be it is up to me”. I had a great day working out what procedures and policies we need and getting drafts of them. Event hough it isn’t completed, I feel so much better knowing I have finished a fair bit of it.

I also managed to send out some certificates of appreciation and took a couple of new referrals. I think that may have also contributed to the down part of the day. There is still so much to do with Mummy’s Wish but we seem to accomplishing much more now.


Sunday – procrastinating

Here it is, Sunday of a long weekend and I am typing away on the computer. Admittedly it is cold outside and I’m not too keen on putting on more layers. I have been reasonably good with the cleaning this morning and have sorted out some of my Phoenix products to sell at the Pregnancy, babies and children’s expo next weekend to raise funds for Mummy’s Wish. I have also been very successful at avoiding cleaning the computer room. I swear paper multiplies when you don’t look.

Hubby and munchkin have gone over to the Mother-in-law’s to fix something. Not sure what, but all I know is I get to have an hour or so to myself. I have, however, tried to advertise and promote the Sex and the City fundraiser night that is happening on the 25th June at Portside – Brisbane, with some success! We need to get over 100 people for the night to be profitable and so far we have 35+ booked. I’ve also replied to some emails in my volunteer role at Mummy’s Wish. I do however have way too many more to reply to. We (Mummy’s Wish) is always on the look out for committed volunteers who can help with our administration remotely. It makes our life so much easier if someone else can do the day to day emails and responses so we can focus on providing the support to the mums that approach us for support.

Back to cleaning…..or procrastinating!

Hat number 2 – CoFounder of Mummy’s Wish

This morning I am off to a meeting with Bernadette Vella the Founder of Mummy’s Wish Inc. Mummy’s Wish was her inspiration while in hospital recovering from a stem cell transplant as treatment for Hodgkins Lymphoma that didn’t go away after 8 months of chemotherapy. We had met a couple of times in 2003-2006 through a mutual friend, so we were very surprised to end up in the same hospital with the same cancer with the same doctor in July 2006.

I was diagnosed with Stage 2b Hodgkins Lymphoma 11 weeks after my gorgeous daughter was born. Bernadette was diagnosed with Hodgkins Lymphoma 14 weeks into her pregnancy. She already had a 2 yr old son. She decided that with all the information that we had found and collected through our treatment, we could set up a charity to support other mums going through treatment to make their lives easier. So that’s what she did, from her hospital bed! She formed the incorporated association, got approval to become a charity, got taxation approval etc. We had discussed this a couple of times  when I had visited so it wasn’t a huge surprise to me. So in September 2007 all the paperwork was approved, however the bodies weren’t quite ready for a few more months. In June 2008 Bernadette rang me and said she was ready to get the charity going and would I like to help. My gut, my heart and my head all knew this was right so I have put all my heart and passion into making Mummy’s Wish a successful charity that supports mums with cancer.

This morning, we are off to the storage shed to pack some treat bags for the mums we support, pack a hamper to raffle off at the Pregnancy, Babies and Children’s Expo in Brisbane 18-20th June, and then we are meeting to strategize! Where do we want to be in 5 years, 1 year 90 days? How do we get there? Who do we need to get there? Big questions!