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Dec032012

Pouring

As soon as I got home from the hospital on Saturday my wife sat me and my kids down to give us some news. I honestly had no clue what was going to happen.

On Thursday my stepmother died. My wife and sisters found out on Friday but since I was in the hospital they did not want to add more stress to my situation. I am thankful for that. They know me well.

She had cancer and we never knew about it. The whole time I was laying in the procedure room wishing my dad had done was I was about to do I thought about talking to my stepmom. About how she probably would say the same thing. If only dad had done this he may still be around! All the while she was probably, I mean they were probably right there with me.

My dad died 21 years ago and now, for the first time, me and my sisters have to go through all of his stuff and divide things up. I went over to the house yesterday for a few hours to visit with my stepbrother and discuss things. He asked me to give the eulogy at her service which I will be honored to do. 

All those feeling that started 21 years ago are finally going to have some sense of closure which I am thankful for. My step mom spent those 21 years waiting to be with my dad. I am happy she is with him now but miss her terribly. She was not the stereotypical step mom, she was awesome and has been in my life since I was 8. 

Now I sit here thinking about all the memories with my dad, how thankful I am that the procedure went well and I have dodged a serious genetic bullet, and what the future holds for our family.

When it rains it pours. 

Tomorrow my sister has a double mastectomy scheduled and biopsies on her lymph nodes to determine the spread of cancer in her body. I am numb thinking about all the it will entail and the discomfort she is up against. Still there is no one stronger I know that can handle something like this. But cancer is an evil bastard and I am asking for all the prayers your can spare for my sister. 

Rain can dampen but it can also provide. A new perspective. Renewed hope. A clean start. In those difficult times is when we find our strength and as a family we have proven that my entire life. We not be perfect but we love each other unconditionally and that makes this the perfect family for me.

Our umbrellas are open.

We got this.

Reader Comments (20)

C~ (crude umbrella) Sending love your way, strong one.

December 3, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterNicolep

So sorry for your loss, George. And for everything your family is dealing with right now. Sending prayers for your sister -- for good news and a swift recovery.

December 3, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterPaula

Life has given you much to deal with lately. I'm sorry for your loss and will continue to pray for you, your sister and all of your family. God bless.

December 3, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterKate

George, sorry for your loss. We'll send lots of well wishes your way, and your sister's way too.

December 3, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterStephenS

I love you and I love your family and I'm praying for you all!!!

December 3, 2012 | Unregistered Commenterk2

I don't know what to say other than how sorry I am that you've lost someone so important in your life, and that others (yourself included) are going through such challenges. I hope the rest of your family can lean on each other to find the strength to get through this.

December 3, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterScott E

You've got a new angel in heaven to watch over you and your sister.
I'll continue to keep you (and your sis) in my prayers.

December 3, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterColleen

More and more prayers. I'm sending them up for you and your family.

December 3, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterCara

Once again, lots of love coming the way of you and your family, George. <3

December 3, 2012 | Unregistered Commenterkerri [the PWoD]

You sure have a full plate right now. I'm sorry for your loss and I pray your Sisters quick recovery. Don't forget to take care of yourself.

December 3, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterLora

Lots more prayers and ((HUGS))

December 3, 2012 | Unregistered Commenterjaimie

George, I kinda want to punch life in the face for you right now. Instead, I will just pray that I see you in a few weeks for our annual dinner <3

December 3, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterSara

Oh George. I don't know what to say. You are definitely one of the best people I know and it hurts me so badly to hear all that you are going through. I love you. Please let me know if there is anything at all I can do. And know Pete and I will be keeping you and your whole family in our thoughts. We love you!!

December 5, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterKaren

Even with all your struggles, you post is uplifting. (((((George))))))

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December 9, 2012 | Unregistered Commenterkarend1

OMG, I can't believe it. I'm with you in spirit.

December 10, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterScott S

Thoughts and prayers for you and your family... I'm sorry that things are so hard right now.

December 12, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterLisa

Light & love headed your way. A little worried that we haven't heard from you in a week, but grieving has no time-table.

December 19, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterWendy

Just popped in to say, Merry Christmas!

December 24, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterKate

Always thinking of you and your family.

December 26, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterKerri.

No words. Just {{{{hugs}}}} :-)

January 8, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterKathy

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