by Debs Wilkinson, Bereaved Wife
As we are approaching mid-December and the festive season is in full swing, I’m constantly reminded about my late husband Peter. Christmas to me was Peter. He adored every single aspect of the Christmas season from decorating the tree, to planning/cooking the gorgeous feast, he even wore Christmas jumpers before they came back in fashion!
Introduction by Pat Taylor, CKN Caregiver Section Editor:
A question for caregivers: as we watch our loved ones navigate through the complexities of the cancer experience – from diagnosis, through treatment, remission, recurrence, and perhaps, end of life – does the meaning of HOPE change?
Since I first met an incredibly witty and charming young man named Peter Wilkinson and his loving wife Debs at the Teenage Cancer Trust Conference in London (England) three and a half years ago, Peter’s brain tumour has recurred three times…including most recently just weeks ago. He has faced numerous brain surgeries, chemo, and radiation treatments, but he continues to live with purpose and hope each and every day. As creator/host of several web series (Pierre Live, The Relapse Diaries and more – http://jimmyteens.tv/films-by/peter-wilkinson/) he chronicles his experiences with honesty and humour, to raise awareness and let other young adults like him know that they aren’t alone.