Iam in the same boat although my kids are older but are not always available I can lie in my bed for a day without seeing anyone unable to even make tea for myself. And as I dont get paid when iam off its financially straining. it has took me 3 months of calls to my morgage compnay to get my payments reduced but other than that nothing so all the extra things you need on this treatment are impossible(extra fruit ,juice, meds etc) things that make symptoms easier are too expensive .
i strongly agree, whilst undergoing chemo/rads, herceptin and now back to work im really tired, dx oct2006, just finished treatment, would really appreciate free school dinners ect........as the effort to make lunches, tes ans home work kills me!..my kids are 7, 10 (severly dyslexic, thus homework) and 13, as a single parent my 13 year old has had to grow up so quickly,
I'm not a single mum, but a mom of 3 young ones and I am being treated at good hope hospital in the west midlands. I must admit I have had a lot of support from the local charity set up by breast cancer survivors. They pay for a cleaner to come once a week and the laundry up to thirty pounds per week. This has been a great help as with little ones its hard on a good day let alone a chemo day.
Have you spoken to the BCN to see whats available because sometimes i think if you don't ask you don't get and they don't always tell you.
Good luck anyhow and hope treatment goes well
Hi, i am a single Mum who is just about to complete radiortherapy. I have been having treatment since last November, and it has been a long hard journey for my family. I am sole carer for my kids, and have no family in Sheffield where I live. My family have suffered both emotionally, financially and practically. It is difficult to describe the extent to which all aspects of the children's lives are affected, outings, socialising, holidays, activities like sleepovers or having friends to tea are all difficult when the parent can't participate. There is no support available to help with meals, or cleaning on the NHS. I wonder if there are any other Mums who have had a similar experience and would like to start up a local support group for single Mums?.