When a parent is ill, family dynamics launch into intense versions of themselves. As in all families, this is good and bad. Anxieties get out of control. Everyone scrambles to be helpful in whatever ways he or she is able.
We are a large family, wide-spread across generations and geography. Mum is a mother of five, grandmother of seven, great-grandmother of eleven, plus all the in-laws and ex's.
She is "The Mother of Us All." And in crisis, we draw near, holding Mum in love and prayers, journeying with her toward her healing.
The healing may take awhile, so I may not be here as much as usual. For now, it is more important to draw near and to accompany Mum.