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3 years ago my Father was diagnosed with stomach and liver cancer. I remember getting the call from my sister the knot in the pit of my stomach followed by the feeling of frustration and upset from not being able to be there with my family. It’s times like these that make it hard to live away from my family halfway across the country
After many operations and intense chemotherapy, he appeared to be through the worst of it. We actually thought he had beaten it.
Fast forward 3 years my sister is calling me once again telling me that I have to come home right away Dad had been given 3 weeks to live, I was stunned, and that sick feeling returned that was a week ago.
I haven’t always gotten along with my Dad we spent many years disconnected because the 6 year old in me still blamed him for my parent’s divorce and a myriad of other foolish things, I held that grudge for most of my life not speaking to him for nearly 18 years only to realise that life is too short and I just wanted my Dad back so I swallowed my pride and reached out in an effort to reconnect and put the past behind us, I can still remember the surprise and happiness in his voice when he picked up the phone.That was 5 years ago.. I thought we would have more time.
I’m afraid that he will pass before I get back home and just want to be with him so that he can be complete before he dies.