It’s been 2 years 19days since my life changed forever. My little girl found freedom and was able to breathe easy without anymore pain and I found the courage because of her passing to find my own freedom and break free of an abusive marriage.
So what have I learned in these 2 years 19days?
I have felt pain like I never knew I could feel, heart wrenching gut twisting pain. I remember feeling pain each time I’d find out my husband had cheated on me and thinking nothing could hurt more than this, then my dad passed away after a short illness and I felt I couldn’t possibly hurt anymore but oh boy was I wrong. Two brief months later my precious child joined my dad and I was overcome with pain like I’ve never felt. I could think of nothing else other than wanting to join her in heaven, it was all encompassing and thoughts of being with her wouldn’t leave my head. If it wasn’t for my only other child and her finding out she was pregnant the day before Órla left us I know for a fact I would not be here today.
The pain has not eased and I know now it never will. Life without my youngest child will always be wrong. I think of her every minute of every day, she is my first and last thought and if I’m totally honest I’m looking forward to the day I meet her again. I have no fear of death anymore because it means I get to see my angel but I will not choose this for myself because I know I have another daughter who needs me and also a beautiful grandson. Only God will decide when I join my baby.
I have also learned to control my grief, I learned fairly quickly that people (especially other mums) don’t want to hear about the pain of losing a child it’s too raw and too terrifying for them to even attempt to understand. No matter how hard it is I’ve learnt to sit and listen and nod at their children’s achievements without bursting into tears even though my heart is breaking just a little bit more. Sometimes on low days I search out the people that I didn’t meet through Órla because no matter how close a friend they are it just hurts too much.
I’ve learned to value my own life and realise how precious life is. After spending 15 years with my first husband who then left unexpectedly and rebounding a mere 3 months later with my 2nd husband and wasting another 15 years on an abusive relationship I’ve finally found my own worth and realise I am complete on my own and don’t need a man by my side. I enjoy life to the full and think in the here and now.
I’ve learnt to take life as it comes, value the friendships I have and not waste time on negative people. I’ve become more selfish with my time. My time is precious and I’m not willing to waste anymore of it.
I’ve learned to take chances and opportunities with life, none of us know if our tomorrow comes.
All of this I attribute to the loss of my daughter, she made me realise how lucky I am to have to still have life and not to take it for granted.
I love and miss you bubba as much today as the day you left me 2 years 19 days ago. I will be forever greatful that you chose me as your mummy and graced me with those 9 precious years. You taught me so much in your short life and continue to teach me in your death.
Till we meet again xxx