My name is Annie, we live in sunny Queensland, Australia, and I am the ‘mummalove’ to three gorgeous boys – Sam, Charlie and Nicholas. I am also a wife of one, sister of six, aunty to 18, friend, daughter, business owner, and blogger. Some days a superwoman, other days not so much, but always giving it a red hot go.
Our youngest cherub, Nicholas, was born in March 2012, and was diagnosed with Down syndrome at about 18 weeks into the pregnancy via an amniocentesis. Coming to terms with our baby having Down syndrome was tumultuous, to say the least, but we fell in love with immediately when he made his entrance and Nicholas lit up our world from that moment forth.
As the crazy rollercoaster of life would have it, our eldest son, Sam, was diagnosed with Leukemia (ALL) on 9 September 2013, at the age of five. He was officially in remission after the first month of chemotherapy and is still doing really well, but his treatment will continue for three years, until the end of 2016. We are determined to face this challenge one day at a time and help our beautiful boy get back to his active, happy, long life.
On 2nd May, 2016, we faced our most heartbreaking day when Nicholas passed away after a sudden illness and three week stay in ICU. His departure has left an incredible void in our family and our lives. To be honest, I haven’t worked out who I am without him just yet. He has left an amazing legacy for someone so small and touched the lives of many, and we are very grateful for every moment of our four precious years with him.
I’m here sharing our story because I know that this parenting gig isn’t easy and we’re all just doing the best we can. I’m here because I’ve worked out that I can’t control what life throws at me, but I can do my darnedest to try to find joy and blessings amongst the chaos, and see the stars in the darkest of nights. I want you to know that it’s okay if you feel a bit overwhelmed too. Maybe we can all support each other by doing ‘small things with great love’, rather than trying to tackle anything too epic just yet.
Thank you for sharing in our story, for being part of this crazy journey.
To help you get to know us a little better, here are a few of our more popular posts:
- How Ben and I met (otherwise known as ‘the value of persistence’) ~ Decade
- Receiving the prenatal diagnosis ~ Learning to Love Rollercoasters
- Ben’s take on the prenatal diagnosis ~ The View From Here
- Things I learned about Down syndrome in the first year ~ DS101
- From our 15 minutes of fame ~ The Chosen Ones
- Discovering Sam had leukaemia ~ 21 Days Ago
- Comparing Down syndrome and Leukaemia ~ Apples and Oranges
- The eulogy I wrote for Nicholas ~ The Impossible Task
- My letter to Nicholas after 108 days without him ~ Navigating Our Way Without You
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