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My Mother’s Voice – Journal Series

In 1969, our family moved to the small coastal town of Emu Park in Queensland, Australia. Tragically my mother suffered renal failure and after a prolonged struggle, passed away at the Rockhampton Base Hospital on April 15th, 1985. She was  only 47 years old, waiting for a kidney transplant to become available and could wait no longer. At that point our lives changed forever. Her loss is still felt by those of us remaining.

After her death, I was given two small boxes filled with her journals, poetry, letters and writing. I had remembered her as  wonderful, clever and resourceful mother who laughed often and was generous of spirit. The journals contained what she thought of the world, her relationships, her hopes and  dreams and her fears for the future. She had flaws like we all do and there was so much we did not know.

A series of journal entries of our life at that time, written by my mother from 1969 to 1985, will be shared for the first time via my blog. Her original journals will be transcribed, edited and names changed to protect family members. 

To my family, my friends, those whose lives she touched and you dear reader of my blog, I hope you can be uplifted, amused or helped in some way by this blog – it is my gift to you, in honour of my mother’s memory.

Karen

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