How awful for you! Both parents terminally ill – what a dreadful bind. I do so understand the crippling guilt that you describe in your letter; you feel you should be doing so much more to help them, but have a family of your own to attend to. And a severely disabled son, on top of everything else! What a shame your husband’s left you, and obviously you no longer have the support of your best friend; I hope her hair is beginning to grow back.
Well, do try and keep your spirits up. I think a break would do you the world of good. Maybe you could take a nice long holiday – Australia, perhaps? They have a wonderful Girl Guides following out there and I’ve taken the liberty of enclosing some contact details for Joyce who runs the Darwin chapter. There won’t be any accommodation fees as long as you help her herd the cattle, and there might be a little light kangaroo culling to undertake but just think - by the time you get back to your parents, the worst should all be over! Won’t that be a relief? Have a wonderful time.