Cancer in Our Family: The Journey Continues: What Living with Cancer Can Mean

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For many years a most unwelcome intruder settled into our lives. With no warning, it marched in and became a part of the day to day life that we had found so idyllic to that point. In fact, living with this insipid illness has become our new normal.

A number of hubs that have been shared by me are on the topic of my daughter and grandson and all that it means to their lives.

Many precious readers send blessings to us and have asked 'how are they doing now?' so it is time for an update.

Two Sweet Peas in a Pod

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Introducing My Family for the Very First Time by Name

For all of the years that I have written about my daughter and grandson, I have only referred to them as 'daughter' and 'grandson'.

It is time now to put a name to their faces...it may help you to become more in tune with our story if I do. Maybe not. I never really know what will be the reason someone finds these hubs and reads them. But for me, it is more personal and they will seem more real to you.

Stephanie and Heston

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My First and Only ....

In many hubs I have written of the journey of this young woman. As her Momma, I find great joy in presenting to you....Stephanie.

Stephanie came into my life 43 years ago and nothing was ever the same again. Time does not stand still when you have children. How can this many years have passed by in what seems like an instant??

Stephanie was diagnosed with her first type of cancer 13 years ago (soon to be 14). We had no idea that over a decade later she would be totally living a new life that is directed to some extent by the cancer.

It by no means defines her but because of it her daily life is affected. She takes a medicine cabinet full of meds mainly to counteract the effects of the devastation that cancer has caused.

She has many health issues that she did not have before cancer showed up. if I had to single out one, I would have to say the most serious of all is the damage that has occurred to her heart. She is monitored and medicated carefully in an effort to keep her ticker ticking. And, yes, one thing we have learned to do is to try to make light of some of the more serious issues that come.

-It's only when we truly know and understand that we have a limited time on earth - and that we have no way of knowing when our time is up - that we will begin to live each day to the fullest, as if it was the only one we had. 

— Elisabeth Kubler-Ross

One of Stephanie's Mantras!!!! "HEAR ME ROAR!!!"

A Little Peek into Jay's World

Jay was never able to attend school.

His immune system was almost nonexistent and he had almost no ability to fight infection. He has spent much of his life in and out of hospitals, many times for things that others would not have been admitted for but because his immune system was so weak, he was seriously ill. And, as an adult the same thing happens....he was recently hospitalized with pnuemonia because he was seriously ill.

And you would think someone who grew up without being able to have any normalcy to their youth might have a really really negative attitude.

You would be pleasantly surprised if you could meet him. He is a gem!! Of course he is...he is my grandson, right??

My Eldest Grandson

When my daughter was in her mid twenties she married (a marriage that did not last). But the best thing that came out of the marriage was my eldest grandson, Jay.

Jay was sick from the time of his birth. One hospital visit after another until finally an amazing doctor who has since passed away, diagnosed his cancer.

That was when he was four. He turned 20 in February.

We were told he would not live long so we braced ourselves and held on for the roller coaster ride that would ensue.

He is the apple of my eye, the frosting on my cake, the twinkle in my eye. and every other cliche you can think of. I loved him from the time that I petted him in NICU at Arnold Palmer Hospital..and that love has only magnified over and over and over as the years passed.

We were told that sadly he would not live to be 6. And when he did, surely he will never be 9. And when he was 11, the doctors decided we could have a birthday party because there was no way he would live to be 13.

And how filled with wonder and joy we are that he walks the planet today.

If We All Would Do This, Our Lives Would Be Richer and Fuller...

Do not miss one minute of any day trying to second guess the future.

— pscott (I think)

Jay

Baby Grandson

Five years ago a most wondrous stork decided we needed a newbie in our life. And of course the doctors disagreed. My Stephanie was told that she would not live through the birth due to high stroke and heart attack issues. And that little unborn sweet pea would not survive either.

How blessed we are that they were wrong on both counts. She was meant to have this baby. He was meant to be on this planet.

As if it is not evident enough, I adore both grandsons so very much. It is with joy and great pleasure that I introduce Heston, my youngest grandson.

I never knew I could love another child as much as I loved my grandson, Jay. And then this doll appeared and once again I am awash in love that is difficult to describe.


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Jay and Heston

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It is Important for Me to Say This

Purposely I have refrained from naming possible conditions.

Many have told us that his symptoms 'sound like'.......whatever it is they know about.

Doctors have suggested many names of scary things it might be.

Until a diagnosis is made, we are not giving it a name. We are just feeding him whatever it is he will eat and can keep down

And, know that he has many Angels from near and far who are watching over him.

Little Man Heston

For almost two years Heston has been sick. With gastrointestinal disorders which cause flu like symptoms (without being more graphic) and acute pain that causes him to awaken in the night screaming and crying in pain.

He continues to lose weight and doctors still are unable to determine what is causing his illness. There is much more to his condition that I will not go into at this time because a definitive answer has not been found. He has had stellar doctors at an amazing medical facility here in Florida and still this elusive malady has not been given a name. A slew of " possibles" have been tossed around but we do not know exactly what is causing him to have these issues.

His family and he moved to a new town and he will be seen at another well known hospital with a stellar reputation. We are only hopeful that they can at last define what causes his symptoms.

He has to drink at least 2 PediaSure a day. O, my. Have you ever smelled it? Tasted it? Next on my agenda is to write to Abbott. My request will be that they make a product that is palatable and that has a pleasant odor.

Often after he has spent a LONG time trying to get it down, it comes right back up. That is another issue...frequent vomiting (even when no Pedia Sure is involved).

So, looking for answers right now

The really good thing, remarkable thing is that he is not lethargic. He just does not eat. He shows little or no interest in food because it gives him a tummy ache. He has begun to associate food with pain. So again, lest I sound redundant...looking for answers.


LIVING with Cancer Means Embracing Your Passions

I was told not to long ago by someone who doesn't know me that it would be selfish of me NOT TO CONTINUE treatment..

I don't see it that way ..I see a LIFE ahead of me of kindergarten cupcakes.. First plays.. Jay starting school.. Weekend get a ways.. Memories..

We are not guaranteed tomorrow..

Me being in bed ..hospitals.. Hours of infusion rooms.. I HAVE DONE THIS ..

Anyway I don't know my path this go round .. But for now I leave you with this.. WE GOT THIS

— Stephanie

Health Updates as of June 2015

Not many days ago, my Stephanie and Jay went to have bloodwork and when the results came back they were not what we were looking for

My daughter's numbers are 'in the toilet' and so are Jay's. For Jay that means he will have more rounds of chemo.

Stephanie received new information on her tumors and it was not good, not at all what we hoped for. She has also begun to have many seizures again (she has a brain tumor that is inoperable) not to mention tumors that are in more places in her body than you would believe.

So, he we are again. What is the prognosis?

We do not ask. Both Stephanie and Jay are survivors in the truest sense of the word. So many times we were told that they would leave us very soon and here they are, walking around the planet with us.

Believe in miracles. Believe in endless possibilities.

— Lailah Gifty Akita

Stephanie and Her Soulmate

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Blessed and Then Some

Just like it is impossible to describe the love I feel for and from my grandsons, it is not possible to really express how blessed I feel. How blessed WE feel.

Stephanie had chemo and radiation time and again and it made little difference.

I watched my Stef (what I call her) curled up in a chair, snuggled up with blankets, after she had about her tenth clinical trail of chemo. It was that cocktail that was one of the times that almost took her from us.

It was then she decided no more chemo. She has had radiation since but no more chemo.

She wants to live and have some quality of life in whatever time she has. She wants to be a part of life and not have it pass her by.

Jay has not had to have treatment too often so his body has not been as devastated by it. But he has many health issues and his numbers too are not at all what doctors are wanting for him.

We watch him when he does have treatment though...as it is stressful to his body.

Blessed, yes, we are. Each one of us on this planet has our MOUNTAINS. We all have difficult journeys to take. We are no different from any other family.

Stuff happens . You have a choice. We have a choice. Wallow in the unfairness of it all and miss today. Or, deal with it and move on. Give in and give up or dig in and survive. Perhaps you may see what avenue we have chosen.

Questions????

Some questions we are asked:

Do you ever cry?

Yes we do. We all do.I cry because I cannot fix my girl or my grandboys. That is my job I think; I should be able to FIX them!!!

Stef cries because she is in pain or frustrated at the illness...but rarely rarely will you see her cry unless it is for someone else's pain. And she does say..."Mom, they don't see me cry because usually I cry in the shower and besides crying gives me a headache." (It gives me one too!!!)

Are you afraid?

Yes. But as I have said in other hubs and say again, we do not live in that dark place of fear and worry. We recognize when we are feeling fearful, we address, and then we get back to the business of living.

How can you joke about something so serious?

It is a coping mechanism I suppose.

We have often said that when one of us dies this is what should be done:

Rent a hearse with a glass enclosure, preferably horse-drawn, put a cut out life-size likeness of the person inside, and drive down Main Street throwing out candy!!!

How Do You Do IT?

More times than I can count I have, we have, been asked that question.

It is a life choice. It is something we decided to do. When my Stef was first diagnosed, we cried and cried and wailed and wailed, and then we stopped. And we made a promise and this is the promise:

Do not miss one minute of any day trying to second guess the future.

That really is key. That is how we do it.

Life is too precious to waste worrying about shoulda' woulda' coulda'.

  • Take these minutes in this day and get lost in them
  • Squeeze every bit of living that is possible out of them
  • Become intoxicated on the wonder of this day, these moments.
  • Feel the joy.
  • Show your love and say how you feel to your precious family and friends.
  • Do whatever it is with your family that you really enjoy because 'someday' may never come.

Today is your gift. Unwrap it and be thankful for one more day to share with those that you love.


Thank You

This journey is hard at times and certainly not one we ever thought we would take.

But difficult events often bring unexpected positive rewards.

And in our case, it is the love and caring of so many here on HubPages and in our lives outside of sites on line that help us to feel lifted up and so very blessed.

So, thank you thank you thank you for caring and wishing us well.

And know that many many Angels are winging their way to you now.

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pstraubie48 15 months ago from sunny Florida Author

Thanks Amber....we muddle through together and that is one of the ways we have survived this unwanted journey. We truly embrace each new day and wrap ourselves in the joy of each one.

Thank you for visiting....Angels are headed your way this evening ps


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pstraubie48 15 months ago from sunny Florida Author

Thank you for stopping to visit. Yes, we KNOW how blessed we are...every single moment of each day is a gift and we rejoice and are thankful.

HOping all is well with you and truly am sorry you lost your husband due to cancer. My one prayer is that cancer will be cured...all types so that families do not have to fight this fight.

Angels are headed your way this evening ps


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georgialgal1984 15 months ago from United States

So sorry to hear about all the illnesses your family is battling, what an encouragement you are and sunshine to their day. So happy to see how loving and supportive you are to them, I'm sure helps them tremendously. May you have a wonderful day~ :)


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Charito1962 15 months ago from Manila, Philippines

I can surely relate to your situation, Ms. Patricia. I've been there.

I lost my husband to lung cancer in 2005. He battled with it for 3 months. When it was initially diagnosed, it was too late - it had already spread, so chemo did him no good.

Yes, cancer really sucks!

But despite what you, Stephanie, Jay and Heston have suffered, you are still blessed. God has not abandoned you! In fact, it's in moments of trials that He asks us to be strong for Him. Don't worry. He will reward your perseverance in the end. You just have to hang on, take each day as it comes, and simply move on.

The blessings will come, and you'll be happy even in the midst of difficulties.

Do take care.


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Peggy W 15 months ago from Houston, Texas

Just dropped in to say hello and wanted you to know that so many of us are thinking of you and your family. Sending prayers, love and hugs as well as angels your way.


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pstraubie48 15 months ago from sunny Florida Author

thanks Stella

Yes, as time as evolved I have found so many who share this story....in one of my first hubs about cancer in our family I said that it is not our story..it is the story of far too many.

It helps me to know that I can find consolation by reading of other's journey and the positive attitude they maintain. That is one way we survive...we find the lovely in each day and refuse to give in.

Angels are on the way to you ps


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ladyguitarpicker 16 months ago from 3460NW 50 St Bell, Fl32619

You said,you never really know why people find these hubs and read them. I can tell you why, because we share the same story. My daughter is 43, and life is similar. I can't fix it either. I will keep your daughter and grandson in our prayers. Great Hub, Stella


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pstraubie48 16 months ago from sunny Florida Author

Ann

I share my story partly because it helps me focus in an outward direction...finding the positive and hopeful pieces of this unwanted puzzle we have found ourselves in like so many others have.

More has happened since I wrote this and in a while I will share that part too.

My one hope is that those who read that share this experience will find some words that may offer hope and peace as they make this tumultuous journey.

Thank you so much for visiting. Angels are once again on the way to you ps


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annart 17 months ago from SW England

Wow! I am dumbfounded and humbled by your and your family's attitude to the illness that affects you all in so many ways.

You are truly courageous and your positivity puts most people to shame. I have a wonderful life and I am truly grateful that no such things affect any of my loved ones; if it did, I would hope that I could react the way you do but I'm not sure. It must take an amazing amount of strength.

I hope and pray that you all continue in that strength; you are an inspiration and deserve the best life can give you all. All your readers have nothing but admiration and love for you.

My heart goes out to you as do my prayers.

Ann


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tillsontitan 17 months ago from New York

We have all been touched by cancer through some family member, but your family's trials are inconceivable.

An American poet, Henry Van Dyke said:

"Some people are so afraid to die they never begin to live."

You and your family can teach others the true meaning of living, loving and having faith. You are a testament to love and the will to live. God bless all of you and may the angels keep you under their wings!

Voted up, useful, awesome, beautiful, and interesting.

Angels are surely watching over you, may they always be there.


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pstraubie48 17 months ago from sunny Florida Author

Thank you for stopping to offer your words of encouragement. As I say over and over, those who encourage and cheer us on help keep us uplifted.

You can understand our feelings since you have walked a similar path.

Angels are once again on the way to you ps


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AudreyHowitt 17 months ago from California

What an inspiring hub! Thank you! Hugs to you!


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pstraubie48 17 months ago from sunny Florida Author

Thank you Jo for your kind words....One reason we continue to keep on keeping on is that we have so many lovely Angels who lift us up each day. And now I can count you among those.

New issues have arisen recently and may be discussed in a future hub as so many folks ask me about them

Again thanks

Angels are headed your way this evening ps


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cam8510 17 months ago from Columbus, Georgia until the end of November 2016.

You've reminded me of all the emotions, the pain and the little moments of joy that are associated with fighting a serious illness. My wife, sons and I walked this path for ten years as their mother fought and learned how to live a full life in spite of the challenges. May your family continue to see beauty and experience joy in the midst of horrible circumstances. Thank you for sharing.


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Jo_Goldsmith11 17 months ago

I am not sure how to respond to this beautiful and courageous story.

My heart and prayers go out to you and your family. Those who say that God doesn't or can't make miracles happen in this day and age. Those people should spend a day with you and your family.

Your beautiful daughter and grandsons are in my daily prayers.

Lighting a candle for peace and healing. (one white, one purple).

Shared, voted up to the Angels & God. ((((((((((( pstraubie48))))))))


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pstraubie48 17 months ago from sunny Florida Author

Thank you Deb. All of the thoughts and prayers keep us lifted up.

We know that so many are cheering my loved ones on.....We got more news just this morning...not what we were hoping for...but we are walking in the light...we refuse to walk in the darkness.

Angels are headed your way this afternoon. ps


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lawrence01 17 months ago from Hamilton, New Zealand

Heartwarming, and heartbreaking! Just know that many are praying for you and your family.

Lawrence


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lawrence01 17 months ago from Hamilton, New Zealand

Heartwarming, and heartbreaking! Just know that many are praying for you and your family.

Lawrence


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aviannovice 17 months ago from Stillwater, OK

You and your wonderful family are all in my thoughts. You have endured so much.


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pstraubie48 17 months ago from sunny Florida Author

O Mary. It has been a journey that I must say has helped mold my character; sometimes I have said, jokingly, 'my character is sufficiently built now, thanks.'

but truly we have learned to love and share and be thankful at a level we may never have had this scourge not come into our lives.

We too know that many many others have similar experience. One reason I write about it is to let others know that they do not walk along.

Angels are once again headed your way to you and your precious pup. ps


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mary615 17 months ago from Florida

You are an amazing woman! I don't know if I could have your wonderful attitude after going through so much heartache. I know how I would feel if my family were to be touched by this evil disease! How I wish a cure could be found.

I think of you often, and I hope you know how much I admire you. I can only hope and pray for you and your family.

Thanks so much for the update, accept my big hug and prayer.

Voted UP, etc. and shared.


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pstraubie48 17 months ago from sunny Florida Author

Isn't it amazing that we can send our good wishes all around the world in an instant?

How blessed we are to be able to send and receive such positive messages as yours.

Thank you for taking the time to help us walk our walk. Angels are headed your way ps


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pstraubie48 17 months ago from sunny Florida Author

Thank you for your kind words Nell. We just keep on keeping on. The blessings abound and we strive to not miss ONE moment of any day worrying about what might happen .

Hoping all is good with you and that the many Angels I am sending find their way to you ps


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pstraubie48 17 months ago from sunny Florida Author

O how much your good wishes mean. There are moments when I want to scream and holler and run down the highway just to release the weight of not being able to fix my loved ones.

But alas, I know that would waste precious moments...

We are indeed so blessed in so many ways....

Angels are on the way to you this morning ps


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pstraubie48 17 months ago from sunny Florida Author

Thank you for visiting Linda. I know from reading some of your hubs that you 'get it.' Every day is a new day to embrace the loveliness and not miss one moment of joy with our precious family and friends.

Sending blessings and many Angels your way ps


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JuliaStar 17 months ago from Russia

Dear Patricia! Thank You for Your sincere words. You are very strong woman and at the same time Your heart is very generous and kind, as You share the part of your life with others. Many of your hubs are dedicated to angels, but I believe that You are a true angel, giving people in the same situation positive thoughts and hope.

I wish You success in overcoming hard times. Send my warmest regards to You and Your family from faraway Russia!


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FlourishAnyway 17 months ago from USA

Bless you, sweet lady and your family. You have been through so so much but have the true hearts of survivors.


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Sunshine625 17 months ago from Orlando, FL

Oh my, Oh my, Oh my. I can not imagine all that your family has been through and continues to go through. You are all true warriors...no matter how difficult the journey gets, as a team, you fight the battles and come out stronger than you were before. I am sending you all hugs and positive thoughts! And some sunshine! XO


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Nell Rose 17 months ago from England

You are all the most amazing group of people, family, that I have read about or known, your strength is admirable, I hope things turn out better for all of you, your family is so lovely, take care, nell


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pstraubie48 17 months ago from sunny Florida Author

And that family member was so very wise . Our family and friends keep us lifted up and embracing each day.

Thank you so much for your words of encouragement, Frank. Many Angels are headed your way ps


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Frank Atanacio 17 months ago from Shelton

Someone very dear to me use to say an afternoon with my family is better than an afternoon in treatment.. heart strong and heart filled journal entry.. bless you and your family


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pstraubie48 17 months ago from sunny Florida Author

the Stages of Me...thank you for stopping to leave such a sincere and heartfelt comment.

All of you that reach out to us bring positive energy and many blessings. We hope that in some small way we are helping others by letting them know they are not alone; that others are walking this walk with them.

Angels are on the way to you ps


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The Stages Of ME 17 months ago

Patricia,

This is a beautiful and honest piece of writing. It will help many I am sure. I feel your pain and understand your journey, I also know that joy comes in the morning, as do you. Every bump on a painful path leaves an imprint. It will attempt to chip away at the spirit. However, usually those who are given such trials are also given a grace beyond the comprehension of most. This grace is the joy that shines from the dark places.

Thank you for sharing your beautiful family. Thank you for helping those who may be starting on this path. I trust great things will be learned by all who come in contact with your love's.

Loving deeply, laughing often and drying one another's tears is living in the moment. Illness and uncertainty surround so many families. All journey's have an end, how we choose to go along the path is the important part. We are reminded when facing trials to share as you have here, to learn from the experience as you are doing and to teach, again well done, Patricia.

The blessing is sometimes in the knowing that there is a trial, at least when grace is applied. We remember to live as if there is no tomorrow. Laughing often, crying if we need to, living in the moment.

This world is our practice ground for an amazing final chapter to come. I will be praying for comfort, joy and peace as you all move forward. Wishing you peace and many blessings in your today's!


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pstraubie48 17 months ago from sunny Florida Author

Hi Faith

Yes and I responded to Eric's comment that I do get it. While we never ever would wish for any catastrophic illness, it has changed us. It taught us what we should have been doing all along.

We should have been saying the things that are in our hearts...we should have been hugging more and spending time with our families more.

So it has been a real journey of learning....our lives have been turned upside down for all of these years...but minutes have become more and more important ....and trying to put off things for SOMEDAY is not something we do now. We get together often and we call and text and Skype daily usually many times a day.

How blessed we are, Faith. I always always so appreciate your visits. And know that I am thinking of you and your family and praying for you all and sending loving Angels bringing more blessings to each of you ps


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pstraubie48 17 months ago from sunny Florida Author

Yes, sadly they do, Blossom. And for us having this unwelcome invasion in our lives has taught us to live our lives to the fullest. To embrace each day with gusto and joy has become our mantra.

Thank you so much for stopping by. Angels are winging their way to you this morning ps


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Faith Reaper 17 months ago from southern USA

Dearest PS,

Thank you sharing this update here and there will certainly be names with the prayers continuing. I think they all see your strength and it gives them strength to live one day at a time to the fullest, whatever that may be on that day.

I can understand Eric's comment as I, too, due to having breast cancer, look at life with new eyes and much love for all and cherish time with family more now than ever before.

Peace, blessings, hugs and much love and plenty of Angels are already there encamped all around.

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pstraubie48 17 months ago from sunny Florida Author

O how precious you are Susie for your kind words. As I have said so many times knowing that others share our journey helps us to keep on keeping on.

Thank you for visiting

Angels are on the way to you this evening ps


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pstraubie48 17 months ago from sunny Florida Author

Thank you Ms. Dora for stopping to comment. We draw our strength from those who care!!!

Many Angels are winging their way to you this evening ps


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pstraubie48 17 months ago from sunny Florida Author

Thank you, Carb Diva, for your kind words. We are so blessed as I have said so many times....in so many ways.

Each day is truly a gift that gives us the opportunity to embrace the newness of the day and share our love.

Angels are headed your way this evening ps


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pstraubie48 17 months ago from sunny Florida Author

You are so right, Peggy. Not one of us knows what tomorrow will bring. Missing today worrying about what may happen is such a waste. It has been a gift to us...learning how to live the way that we have lived our lives all along....

Thank you for your visit.

Angels are headed your way this beautiful Florida evening ps


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pstraubie48 17 months ago from sunny Florida Author

And your kind words are always so welcome. We are so lifted up by those who come and read and share our journey as we know that many others have this same walk to make, bill.

Hoping all is lovely in Washington this evening....many Angels are heading your way ps


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pstraubie48 17 months ago from sunny Florida Author

Eric I understand your response. Cancer while so unwanted taught us to LIVE our lives to the fullest. It taught us to value our relationships and that things are of little importance.

Thank you for visiting.

Many Angels are winging their way to you ps


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BlossomSB 17 months ago from Victoria, Australia

So many families are affected by this dreaded disease. Thank you for sharing your experiences, I'm sure they will be helpful to many others. May God bless you as you continue on into the future in His love.


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colorfulone 17 months ago from Minnesota

Patrica, when you write about your loved ones the emotions you feel come through, and your love is felt very strongly.

You are a blessing!


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MsDora 17 months ago from The Caribbean

What a brave family you are, and I commend you for choosing to write about your situation! You encourage yourself and others. Thanks for sharing the love, the compassion and the empowerment that you are to each other. I know that those angels are standing guard to minister to you all as needed. May God continue to favor you with strength, courage and healing.


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Carb Diva 17 months ago

Thank you for a beautifully-written hub. Thankfully our immediate family has not dealt with cancer, but my two sisters and sister in-law (who is also my godmother) have battled this evil intruder. Yes we weep, and hold onto each other--but we also laugh and try to live each day one day at a time, not thinking about the end, but focusing on the gift of "today". Prayers for you and your family. Voted up and beautiful.


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Peggy W 17 months ago from Houston, Texas

Hi Patricia,

Keep wringing every bit of joy out of each day as it presents itself because as you well know, none of us knows what our tomorrows will bring. For those of us who believe in an afterlife, the best is yet to come. As the mother and grandmother you continue to play a very important part in the life of your family. They are fortunate to have you...and you, them. Hugs and warm thoughts are floating your way today on the wings of angels. Up votes and sharing. Your strength may help others who are on a similar journey.


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billybuc 17 months ago from Olympia, WA

I have no questions for you, dear friend. Only hugs and love. Words seem terribly inadequate to this writer and human at times like this. The hugs and blessings and love are winging their way to you this Monday morning.

bill


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Ericdierker 17 months ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

I had to take a breath and pray on this. I cannot speak for others and I am sorry for the pain that my cancer caused others. But I can not say with any certainty that the cancer was a bad thing in my life. In so many ways it was the stepping stone to a richer and more full life. That which I took for granted became wind beneath my wings.

In my home we now can pray for your home with the names. And we do and will. We especially pray that your love for each other continues to grow unto unimaginable heights.

Love, Eric


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pstraubie48 17 months ago from sunny Florida Author

Thank you, Jackie. God is in the house!!! We know He is watching over us....and is control of what happens.

Truly we are blessed. I do so appreciate your kind words probably more than you know.

Angels are on the way ps


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Jackie Lynnley 18 months ago from The Beautiful South

May God stay by your sides and continue to help you through all these trials and tribulations. Satan surely sees he is not welcome there and I know the ending to your stories will continue to be an honor to God for your faith and persistence!

^+ Up and shared.


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pstraubie48 18 months ago from sunny Florida Author

Thanks for your encouragement, Keisha. This is a journey we take day by day. blessed and thankful we are!!!

Angels are on the way to you this evening ps


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Keisha Hunter 18 months ago from Paradise and then some

Just wow! You guys are amazingly strong. Do continue to defy the odds. My family has been affected but wasn't as fortune...good luck.

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