Merry Christmas!

Hi Everyone!
My name is Jenn, I'm 25 and I've posted to this community for a couple years now. I think it's a wonderful thing!!
This year has been really tough on me. Especially the last few months.
My dad's cancer has been getting worse and as much as I don't like to think about it, he is essentially slowly losing the battle. It started out as skin cancer in his leg about 6 years ago. Over the past year or so it's spread to his liver, lungs, and brain. It upsets me a lot to see him like this, and just even think about it right now. So, with all that going on at home(I still live with my parents), I'm also a newly wed, but 2 days after the wedding my husband left for basic training with the Canadian Military. The wedding was planned within 2 weeks. We wanted my dad to be there. And as sick as he was, he was determined to be there (even though now he says he doesn't remember much of it). I've just felt extremely alone the last few months. (The good news is that my husband is home tomorrow night for 3.5 weeks over the holidays).
With all of the stress going on at home, I really don't think we are going to have much of a Christmas like we used to. I'm worried dad won't be able to make it to my grandparents for Christmas Eve dinner. We aren't even putting up our Christmas tree this year, and I'm really not expecting to get many gifts...if anything at all :(

1. Prayers for my whole family. More specifically, my dad, my husband and myself. Sometimes I need help staying strong.

2. If any of you are from the Durham Region / GTA area of Ontario (canada) I'd love to chat with you, hopefully meet up, and become friends. I really don't have any close friends. My one good/best friend and I seem to be having a rough patch right now. I'd like to start making some friends who are in a similar situation - married...husband in the army...has kids. (I use MSN and facebook a lot more than LJ lately. so adding me to either of those would be better...just ask for my info :) )

3. Crochet / knitted things. I absolutely love blankets, slippers, scarfs, mitts....anything that has been knitted or crocheted. I just love the feeling of it.

4. Heart rate monitor. Hopefully in the new year I'll start focusing on my well being again. Once I get into the mindset of exercising I absolutely LOVE it. I've wanted a heart rate monitor for awhile now. I don't mind used.

5. Nursing/medical/health text books. I'm going back to school for nursing in Sept. Starting in January I'm doing a health prep program to upgrade science marks.

6. A donation to the Canadian Cancer Society. I've started up a team for the relay for life in my home town. If you can, please, support my cause! I will also accept donations through my paypal account.

7. Rocky movies. Or anything that has to do with boxing. I took a few lessons last month and just loved it!! I'm hoping in the new year I'll be able to afford more lessons, I really don't want to give it up. It's a great stress reliever!

8. Anything else you think may cheer a girl up. A card, a letter, jewelry, make up....I like things that are pink...and I love anything that sparkles.
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Hi Jenn,

I'd love to be friends with you if you'd like. I'm a bit older than you (36) but I just returned to college in September to train as a 911 operator. I"m at Seneca college. I live in Newmarket but have lived all over the GTA in my lifetime. My dream is to get a job in eastern Ontario (Port Hope area) where my parents live. I graduate in April.

Feel free to add me as a friend if you would like! My last exam in tomorrow and then I'll be free to embrace Christmas and this group!

I just added you to my friends list...and found your msn username and added you to that as well. hope you don't mind :)
I'm so sorry about your dad :( My stepmom just passed away a week ago from cancer, so I know exactly what you're going through. Stay strong ♥
Thank you.
I'm sorry to hear about your stepmom. It's such a terrible thing to go through.
It really is. But she's been fighting it off and on since 2004, so it makes it a bit easier to know she isn't hurting anymore.
oh i meant it in a "i feel for you" kind of way! don't be sorry - i hope your holidays are filled with love.
hugs back
Because I'm Australian, would a donation to the Cancer Council out here class as a wish grant? Only because they have an office close to me that I can drop a donation off to when I'm next out?

In the meantime, I promise to pray for you all.

I can go add you too, if you like.

I lost my mother to cancer, a very long time ago - I was only 8...but I understand just how awful this monster of a disease is.