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Anthea – I’m so sorry to hear about the immense burden you’ve been carrying for so long. It’s completely understandable that you feel lost and overwhelmed given the roles you play and the immense emotional toll it takes. What you’re doing — supporting others through the grief of losing a child or teenager is such important work, but it can also be incredibly draining and lonely. You show signs of both compassion fatigue and burn-out!

It’s essential to acknowledge that while you offer comfort and strength to others, you also need support and care for yourself. It’s not only normal but also necessary to seek help when you’re struggling. Your compassion and dedication to helping children and teenagers diagnosed with cancer and their families is remarkable, but please remember you deserve that same compassion for yourself. You’re not alone in this, and it’s okay to take a step back and prioritize your own healing and well-being. Thank you for all that you do, and please do consider reaching out for the support you deserve.

Thank you too, Helen, for the support and encouraging suggestions to Anthea-Lynn.