So, we meet again

21 Nov

December 5, 1987 was a date that changed my life. FOREVER. In a great way. That was the day I married my soulmate, my best friend, my bride. We were CHILDREN!! Two weeks from today, we will celebrate our 27th anniversary. And I couldn’t imagine doing life without her.

Only a month or so after that day in 1987, my mom was diagnosed with non-Hodgkins Lymphoma. That is where I met cancer for the first time in a personal way. And cancer was not my friend. Cancer tried to take my mom, but she fought. And fought HARD. Chemo and radiation, as hard as they were, worked well and mom has been cancer-free since then.

Since that time, much has happened in my family. Mom and Dad have seen grandkids, their first great-grand, and many other great milestones. Dad’s health in the past few years has declined as dementia takes over. Mom has given 110% of herself to taking care of him. Many tough days and sleepless nights. This summer, she fractured a couple of ribs and never quite recovered from that pain.

That catches us up to today. In the past two weeks, we have discovered there is more. This unwelcomed visitor that left us many years ago is back. We do not yet know the extent of it. We do not yet know what we are facing. But our doctors are certain it is cancer.

So, we meet again. I have purposefully not posted much on social media and don’t know how much I will be able to do that in the next few weeks. The biggest thing we need is prayer. Lots of big decisions to be made, decisions that will wrench our hearts. But we have to do what is best for both mom and dad.

4 Responses to “So, we meet again”

  1. Martha November 21, 2014 at 5:06 pm #

    It’s one thing to already know this but it hurts my heart to see it in black and white. I am so sad for Janet but also sad for you, Elaine and Donna. My heart aches that you will have to witness this yet again. Not only the pain and toll this will take on your mom but also the changes in the life of your dad. Know that all of you are in my prayers and know that I am as close as a phone call whenever. I love you all and pray God’s best for all of you.

  2. Betty Moore-Bell November 21, 2014 at 7:39 pm #

    Our prayers accompany you through this season and with these decisions.

    • Patty Johnson. November 21, 2014 at 8:32 pm #

      Our Prayers are with all of you.. Never a good time for this to happen. She has a lot of Faith and strengths .. So hoping and praying that will continue for her and your family.. Big Hugs to you all..

  3. Kim Andrews November 22, 2014 at 7:31 pm #

    Life sure has some mountain tops and some low low valleys but God is faithful. You will get through this . He will keep you centered. Tough tough decisions but you know there will be guidance. We are so much behind you . You be where you need to be.

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