Financially Independent, Retired Early(ish) at 57.

Checking in…

I haven’t posted here in a long while. My brother isn’t doing so well – yesterday we were told that he will likely always need high care, which basically means he will never be coming home. I’m putting all my efforts into making my sister-in-law a quilt. I only have a few days until I’m back at work.

My aunt died a couple of weeks ago from pancreatic cancer. That’s brought up some stuff…

However, it’s not all gloom and doom. Ryan25 had a skin graft on the burn on his foot (total cost to us is $49 in pharmaceuticals… apologies to US readers!) and he’s doing beautifully, and my nephew, who was fighting cancer, has been given the all-clear.

When my head’s clear, I’ll be back.


  1. Chrissy @ Eat Sleep Breathe FI

    I’m sorry to hear all that you’ve been through and are still going through. My thoughts are with you and your family. We will be here ready and eager to read new posts whenever you’re ready!

    • FrogdancerJones

      Thanks. My main priority is to make this quilt for my sister-in-law.

      I feel like it’s about the most practical thing I can do to help atm.

  2. Girt

    Best wishes to you, FDJ, to your brother and family. My thoughts and prayers are with you.

  3. Latestarterfire

    Oh, Frogdancer! I was hoping that no news is good news. Hang in there. Been thinking of you all

    • FrogdancerJones

      Thanks! It’s been a bit full-on.

  4. gofi

    Stumped – so sorry FDJ. My very best wishes.

  5. OthalaFehu

    Sending positive thoughts your way.

  6. Samantha

    Oh man you have all been through the wringer. Hugs and you do you until you feel the urge to blog. I know I stick with concrete help when I’m confronted with things and a quilt sounds lovely.

  7. Aussie HIFIRE

    That’s a lot of bad news all at once Frogdancer, very sorry to hear. Did you find out if your brother at least has some TPD or income protection insurance (maybe in his super) to help out with the costs?

    Glad to hear Ryan25 is on the mend!

  8. Jan

    hope things ease up a bit for you soon, sounds like being part time this year is good timing and will give you a bit more time and energy for the family worries. good to hear the skin graft went well.

  9. Adulting World

    So sorry to see the situation has not improved for your brother. I’m sure your support gives great comfort to the extended family and wish rest and support for you as well at this time.

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