Mother on emotional rollercoaster
MARIA Pomare likened almost losing her son Peter twice to cancer, to being on one long emotional rollercoaster ride.
Pete's family have had ups and many downs as he recovers from surgeries after being diagnosed with a cancerous tumour on his brain.
In the space of eight weeks, Maria has been overjoyed with the birth of her new granddaughter, and then overcome by grief at the possibility of losing her son and the baby's father.
Doctors found the tumour less than a week after Peter's second daughter, Taiamai, was born. The baby has not known a home other than the hospital as his family maintains a vigil at his bedside at the Royal Brisbane Hospital.
Speaking from the hospital yesterday, Maria said it had been the toughest eight weeks of her and husband Ben's lives.
“We have nearly lost him twice, it's been really hard for the family,” she said.
“We are grieving and all of a sudden he comes back, and then we are back to grieving.”
Pete's parents, family members and his wife Angie have spent sleepless nights by his bedside to be with him all day and through the night.
They have even taken over jobs such as bathing to relieve the “excellent” nursing staff.
Maria said Pete had recently turned around.
“He is walking, not on his own though, we still have to assist him, but he is eating, sleeping, drinking and doing everything he needs to do,” she said.
“He has turned a corner and has come back again. At this stage we are going to have a family meeting with doctors and discuss our next move. Radiation and chemotherapy are an option. We will see what's put on the table and go from there.”
Maria said she was so proud of Angie and also of all of Pete's friends who had sent prayers and travelled to visit Pete in hospital.
Pete's friends at Yeppoon's Cooberrie Park have organised a fundraising day on Saturday from 3pm at the park to help raise money for his treatment.
The day will feature full entry into the park with animal holding, face painting, a barbecue, liqueur tasting, raffles, auctions and live music into the evening.
Prizes up to the value of $1000 have been donated by many local businesses to support Peter.
What: A fundraiser for Peter Pomare
When: Saturday from 3pm until late
Where: Cooberrie Park Wildlife Sanctuary
Cost: Adult $10, child $5
To donate: Bank Of Queensland, BSB: 124 001 Account: 21610531