Supporting a loved one with a life-limiting condition or through palliative care is hard on any family. It’s emotional and physically draining. But what about when the person with the life-limiting condition is a child? Your child. And in addition to supporting your one sick child, you must still love and care for your other children. And what about your job; what happens to that? How will this affect your financial situation? Sadly this is the reality for about 3,700 families across Queensland today.
UPDATE: 26 November 2019
Just over three and half years after I wrote this original Thank You Thursday article about Shake it Up Foundation, my Dad and his Parkinson’s diagnosis, I have a sad update to share.
Dad lived with Parkinson’s Disease for over five years with reasonably slow progression, but earlier this year he got quite unwell and things rapidly worsened. We were told that it is likely he had Lewy Body’s Dementia, which is a form of Parkinsonism, but also a form of dementia. All of these conditions are challenging to diagnose as they are so closely related and can often be misdiagnosed.
After a few difficult months of increasingly failing health, sadly, we lost our dear Daddy Fish peacefully on the morning of 2nd November 2019.
I’m so very, very sad that he is gone, but feel so very fortunate and proud to have been able to call him my Dad. He will be remembered as an incredible man of great strength, positivity and love for his family.
We’ve established a fundraising page in his memory to fund research into Parkinson’s Disease with the Shake It Up Foundation and I know Dad wouldn’t expect any less from his fundraising gal.
Original article from 2016
It’s a special day today, and those that know me well, will know what it is. It’s my birthday. But that’s actually not why it’s a special day. It’s special because I share my birthday with someone amazing… my Dad. (Just like Peppa Pig’s father is called Daddy Pig, let’s call my Dad, The Fish Chick’s father, Daddy Fish.) So, in light of this special day, and this very special bloke, I’ve decided to get a little personal with today’s Thank You Thursday blog post. I hope you won’t mind…
Next Tuesday, March 8th, is International Women’s Day. On this date, every year, people around the world celebrate the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women. So, in honour of this occasion, today’s Thank You Thursday blog is going to celebrate an inspiring Tasmanian woman and the organisation she founded that supports young women across Australia.
About this time every year thousands of Australian children head into schools all across the country, ready for another school year. Another year of learning, growing and experiencing the world under the supervision of some incredible teachers. And while these students have educational opportunities far greater than many children in other corners of the globe, unfortunately there is great disparity across the schools in our country.
Homelessness is a problem worldwide but one aspect of this issue that is often overlooked is the pets that belong to those living without a home. The human connection with pets is a powerful one. Our country has one of the highest rates of pet ownership in the world with over 60% of households owning a pet. We can only assume that this high rate of pet ownership would also translate into our homeless community.
In the United States it is estimated that 5-10% of the 3.5m homeless people have a dog or cat. That’s more than 175,000 homeless pets on the streets of America. What is happening to these animal companions? One organisation, Pets of the Homeless, was established to provide some much needed assistance to these devoted, fur-buddies.
I regularly hear about organisations that are doing some incredible work in the world, and the group featured in today’s blog is no exception. It’s one that has stood out to me since I first heard about it, perhaps it was a result of my love of reading and writing, or perhaps it was the fact that I have had some wonderful relationships with the elderly people in my life.
This Thank You Thursday we’re fortunate to have one of our dear Fish friends and associates, Laura Keily, share with us her passion for and involvement with a small Melbourne-based charity, helping reduce the feelings of isolation in aged care homes and truly reveal the value of our community’s seniors.