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When Cancer or Other Catastrophic Illnesses Strike: Make the Choice to Live

Updated on October 19, 2019
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This bench is easy to construct and is portable. It is an excellent spot to enjoy some cool breezes and hear the sounds of nature.

My daughter and grandsons still are suffering from cancer BUT they are still on the planet. We have been told numerous times that their time is short. And for a time that scared us, shook us to the core.

But we realized that we were missing each moment that we now have. So our mantra remains....embracing today....squeezing every moment out of each day.

A few years back, Jay was helping his "Padi."

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My daughter continues to fight October 19, 2019

It is now one year out from when her oncologist told her she only had one year to live. (And if you have read my writings you know she has been told that very same thing many times for 24 years now.)

She is at present facing new challenges with new tumors in her body. Removal of them is very dangerous and it seems the risk of removal does not outweigh the risk to her life.

She has almost unbearable pain now, more than she has ever had. She pushes through it as long as she can. She has begun to meditate when the pain becomes so great and she says that it does help. And for that I am very thankful.

She is remarkable. Of course I would say that. But she really is. She soldiers on day after day and is thankful for each new day.

Momma and Heston Wayne

Just having fun with their photo. I simply adore these photos and these smiles that belie the pain.
Just having fun with their photo. I simply adore these photos and these smiles that belie the pain. | Source

Don't miss one moment of this walk.

— pstraubie48

My daughter with her hair just growing back after chemo

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Each of us has obstacles that confront us...many of them are of a medical nature.

How we confront those obstacles, how we choose to live through the hardships that they cause is probably one of life's most important moments.

From the time that we decide to LIVE through the pain, the sorrow, the angst....our lives are never the same.

Learning to let go of all of the negativity...and embracing the gift that each day offers has been the answer for my family.

Easy?? Hell, no.

But it is the way we have chosen to live our lives and we are so thankful we chose this path.

Choose to LIVE every single moment of every day no matter what illness you or a beloved family member has.


Ways you and your family may live with cancer in your family

Become empowered
Know what the options are for treatment
Be proactive
Adopt postiive thinking
Refuse to give up and give in
Take time for YOU each day
Engage in activities that makeYOU happy
Be unafraid to say "NO"
Surround yourself with those who love you

More health issues for my daughter

At the time, my daughter was having renewed, serious health issues.

For those of you who have read my writing,

  • I have written about her dance with cancer and her journey to hell and back.
  • I have written about her chemo treatments and her radiation.
  • I think I even mentioned that I retired two years early because she had three strokes in the Fall of 2011.

Since then she has had many issues, including a stent being put in her heart. She still passes out often. She is unable to have a pacemaker put in because there is such a high likelihood of a stroke. This time a devastating one is more likely.

My Sweet Jay...Chemo Begins Again Next Week

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Someone to stand by you....

How can she be sick? She looks so well so many tell us.

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More concerns


As I was getting ready to submit the article about taking off for a bit, she began to have serious issues with her liver. She has been told for several years that it has taken a beating from all of the treatments. And now it seems to be failing.

So, I knew taking off was a good idea. I still have some time to write but not the same time commitment that I had when I was writing here on a more regular basis.

How much can you handle???


And of course you all know that our lives cannot have singular events that happen in them, right? We have to have layers of issues present just to muddy the waters, to see just exactly what we are made of.

That is what has happened. My eldest grandson was diagnosed with cancer twenty years ago and about six years ago was classified as terminal. He has been on and off chemo during those years. He was put back on about 2 years ago. He has been prescribed a much stronger dose of chemo most recently.

This past week he was diagnosed with Chron's Disease. And yet he, like his Momma, soldiers on embracing each new day. Some days are better than others but a new day is indeed a gift.

How much can you handle? That is a very good question. I guess there is no end to what one can handle if the reasons for staying hopeful and positive are good enough. And for each of us that are ensnared in this unwanted journey, the reasons are boundless.


My precious Jay

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Momma and Son---fighting the insidious cancer

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Many face challenges that could bring them to their knees.

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Our Journey is the Same One that Many Take

Ours is not a singular journey. Down the street, across the state and nation, around the world are many many precious souls who have journeys of their own to face. War, unexplained shootings, hunger, cancer and other devastating illness is no stranger to many.

It is a difficult walk. It is difficult for the one who is suffering. It is difficult for the family who stands in the wings hoping to be able to help make some semblance of order out of the devastation and to offer support without smothering.

And, we do. We all do. We face off with whatever form of cancer that has come knocking. We let it know it is not welcome. We move forth one day at a time. Sometimes we move forth one hour at a time. The important thing is: we move forth never looking back at the wake of destruction behind us.

Our journey has made us stronger and wiser and caused us to love more effusively and to express it often. We don't wait for a special occasion. Because for us, every day is a special occasion.

Asking for some help, please.

Writing about this most challenging part of our lives, the trudging up the mountain, to reach the pinnacle, and see what is on the other side, is cathartic for me. I can send out my feelings into the universe and somehow it lessens the complexity of it all.

I knew if I came back just for today to share what is happening that you would be able to help. So many of you have reached out to us through the two years I have been fortunate enough to be here.

Please send some Angels to Stephanie and Jay and Heston Wayne (little brother who is in bone marrow failure).

A few extra ones for my son-in-law and me would be awfully welcome too.

We need them to carry us through yet another part of this journey.

And we are thanking you in advance.

And would it be too much to admit that the tears slip down my cheeks as I finish this?

  • Tears of sadness that my loved ones have to endure this.
  • Tears of joy that they have had the courage and stamina to endure when they were told they would not survive but a few years. We continue to feel so blessed.

LIVING and Hoping for More New Answers

It is year 14 for my daughter and year fifteen 20 for my grandson since a terminal diagnosis was made. And then little brother, Heston Wayne, began his long journey of bone marrow failure and many other issues. (I have written about his fight for his life here on HubPages.) What a mantle to wear.

And yet we are so thankful that they are on the planet. My grandsons both have times when they are totally immobilized by illness as does their Momma.

My daughter has had two surgeries which we were told were very high risk but she came through so well that again we give thanks. Recently she had another which she again went through quite well. That has been followed by radiation for her colon and her uterus. More procedures lie a head for each of them.

Each day that they are on the planet is another blessing for all who know and love them.

You can LIVE with this nightmare in your life. You just have to find a way to make peace with it and move on.

© 2013 Patricia Scott

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    • pstraubie48 profile imageAUTHOR

      Patricia Scott 

      2 years ago from North Central Florida

      What can I say? YOU must know that your thoughtfulness and prayers are felt even across these many miles Know that you are prayed for and that Angels surround you ps

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      Peggy Woods 

      2 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Your family has endured more than many other families have had to face with regard to illness, and yet you persevere with faith, hope, and love. Sending angels your way today. Know that you remain in my thoughts and prayers.

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      Patricia Scott 

      6 years ago from North Central Florida

      Hi Deborah-Diane

      Life is filled with many highs and lows and ups and downs for each of us.

      By writing about what happens in our lives I am able to cope with all that comes a bit easier.

      Another reason I write about it is that I know there are others who are experiencing what we are and perhaps it gives them some measure of comfort to know someone is out here to understands.

      Thank you for visiting....Angels once again are on the way to you and your family

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      Deborah-Diane 

      6 years ago from Orange County, California

      This is such an inspiring post. We all owe it to ourselves to not give up too easily and get the most out of every second we have been given to live!

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      Patricia Scott 

      7 years ago from North Central Florida

      Hi Twig22bend Thank you for your kind words. It is a journey. Each day is truly a gift. My daughter and grandson are having a hard time right now but we get up with renewed faith each morning.

      Angels are on the way to you today. ps

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      twig22bend 

      7 years ago

      You and your family have so much courage and love and faith. I am praying for you all. I am sending angels and more angels to lift you up and sprinkle you with more of the powerful courage and love that you already possess. My prayers are with you and your family.

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      Patricia Scott 

      7 years ago from North Central Florida

      You are so precious. It is difficult to write about but cathartic as well. If that makes any sense....

      My girl and my grandboy both are having mountains to climb right now, and the best I can do is climb along with them.

      I continue, Glimmer Twin Fan, to believe that each and every moment of every day is a gift and embrace it that way.

      Thank you so much for your most kind words.

      Angels are on the way to you right now as well. ps

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      Patricia Scott 

      7 years ago from North Central Florida

      You are so precious. It is difficult to write about but cathartic as well. If that makes any sense....

      My girl and my grandboy both are having mountains to climb right now, and the best I can do is climb along with them.

      I continue, Glimmer Twin Fan, to believe that each and every moment of every day is a gift and embrace it that way.

      Thank you so much for your most kind words.

      Angels are on the way to you right now as well. ps

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      Claudia Mitchell 

      7 years ago

      I don't know how you find the strength to write but I'm glad you wrote this. I have read these hubs with interest and believe me when I say I am sending angels your way and your families way. I wish you all strength and peace with your difficult journey.

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      Patricia Scott 

      7 years ago from North Central Florida

      More Angels headed your way :)

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      Benjamin Chege 

      7 years ago

      You're welcome

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      Patricia Scott 

      7 years ago from North Central Florida

      Hi Benjamin

      Each day is a gift. Tomorrow my grandson has his fourth injection....this legalized poison lies in totally flat for two straight days. Then he begins to recover a bit and just as he is feeling human again, it is time for more.

      We are so blessed he is on the planet...we were told so many times he would be long gone many years ago. So we count our blessings every single day.

      So thoughtful and kind of you to stop by. All of the positive and kind words keep us lifted up!!

      Angels are on the way to you and yours. ps

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      Benjamin Chege 

      7 years ago

      Hi Patricia Scott. I am touched and informed by this hub on the most important information regarding cancer. Voted up, useful and awesome. Sorry for all that you and your family are going through in these tough times. However, please be encouraged that suffering never lasts forever. Love and support from family members and having a positive attitude are the most powerful remedies to any kind of suffering. You have my blessings.

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      Patricia Scott 

      7 years ago from North Central Florida

      Hi Alicia

      It is a difficult time. he has just completed his third week of treatment and I think this has been the worst. He can barely get out of bed he is so tired. He feels good for 2 out of 7 days and then it is time to have treatment again.

      thank you so much for your thoughtfulness. We are so blessed. God is in the house Know that Angels are on the way ps

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      Linda Crampton 

      7 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      I am so very sorry for what you and your family are going through, ps. I didn't know what you were experiencing until now. I have always appreciated the angels that you have sent me. I am sending many angels to you, as well as my blessings.

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      Patricia Scott 

      7 years ago from North Central Florida

      Hi Connie

      I will not pretend that it is easy...but it is EASIER because so many have reached out to us over the years.

      The good news is they are on the plane!!!

      Thank you for taking the time from your busy schedule to stop and share your kindness.

      Angels are on the way ....tomorrow is week three, three down, six more weeks to go and then a reeval. ps

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      Patricia Scott 

      7 years ago from North Central Florida

      Hi Connie

      I will not pretend that it is easy...but it is EASIER because so many have reached out to us over the years.

      The good news is they are on the plane!!!

      Thank you for taking the time from your busy schedule to stop and share your kindness.

      Angels are on the way ....tomorrow is week three, three down, six more weeks to go and then a reeval. ps

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      Connie Smith 

      7 years ago from Southern Tier New York State

      I cannot imagine the courage with which you and your family handle such devastating health issues. I am sending you Prayers and Angels to equal all those you have sent to others all over the world in your generosity and sweetness.

      You and your family will remain in my prayers ;) Pearl

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      Patricia Scott 

      7 years ago from North Central Florida

      Thank you again, Linda, for your kind words. Every day, every minute of every day, is a gift!!!

      And again Angels are on the way to you ps

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      Linda Bilyeu 

      7 years ago from Orlando, FL

      I am sending you tons of positive thoughts for your family. Mostly for your daughter and grandson. My heart is sad for what y'all are going through. We are also battling cancer in my family. We will never give in.

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      Patricia Scott 

      7 years ago from North Central Florida

      Hi Pamela You are such a blessing. We feel so supported that it lifts us up every day. I cannot tell you much it means to us.

      Many many Angels are on the way back to you. ps

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      Patricia Scott 

      7 years ago from North Central Florida

      Hi Pamela You are such a blessing. We feel so supported that it lifts us up every day. I cannot tell you much it means to us.

      Many many Angels are on the way back to you. ps

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      Pamela Oglesby 

      7 years ago from Sunny Florida

      Patricia, I am so sorry to hear this battle has gotten toughter for you the ones you love so much. I wish I could say something to make the facts say something different. You, Jay and Stephanie will be in my prayers and I'm sending angels to you all. It seems you are carrying a load that most of could not handle with your grace and faith. Much love to your all.

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      Patricia Scott 

      7 years ago from North Central Florida

      Thank you so very kindly for stopping to offer such thoughtful words. Our lives are really so blessed. Angels are on the way to you ....ps

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      Patricia Scott 

      7 years ago from North Central Florida

      O dear sweet drbj

      Your words have brought tears to my eyes. Knowing that we have so many who care and share this with us makes it easier for us to move forth each day.

      Angels are just at the moment you read this coming to you...ps

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      Patricia Scott 

      7 years ago from North Central Florida

      First, Eddy

      Know that your kind words are so appreciated. Having others help us shoulder this challenge is so very helpful.

      And yes we do cling to all things positive. Angels are on the way to Wales from Florida tonight. ps

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      Patricia Scott 

      7 years ago from North Central Florida

      Dear Sweet Faith

      Your kind words help to comfort me for sure. As I have shared this is a journey and we just try to meet it head on and work through it. You know that you and your family are always in my thoughts and prayers.

      And know that many

      Angels are on the way to you tonight. ps

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      Patricia Scott 

      7 years ago from North Central Florida

      Thank you livingsta It is a journey and we are thankful we can make it together. Angels are on the way ps

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      Patricia Scott 

      7 years ago from North Central Florida

      Thank you livingsta It is a journey and we are thankful we can make it together. Angels are on the way ps

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      Shasta Matova 

      7 years ago from USA

      Wow, I am so sorry for what your daughter and grandson are going through, and understand your frustration of watching them go through their illnesses. My heart goes out to you, and my thoughts and prayers.

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      drbj and sherry 

      7 years ago from south Florida

      I'm sending hundreds, nay, thousands of angels to you and your family, Patricia. But I know that with your strength, compassion, courage and hope, you are the biggest angel of them all. Truly!

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      Patricia Scott 

      7 years ago from North Central Florida

      Thank you for your kind words. I thought I saw this yesterday and posted a reply but just in case...know your friend or family is in my thoughts and prayers as well. Angels are on the way. ps

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      Patricia Scott 

      7 years ago from North Central Florida

      Thank you for your kind words. I thought I saw this yesterday and posted a reply but just in case...know your friend or family is in my thoughts and prayers as well. Angels are on the way. ps

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      Eiddwen 

      7 years ago from Wales

      This is sad and touching my dear friend. I hope you will be able to cling onto the positives that come your way.

      Lots of love and hugs from Wales and you are in my thoughts.

      Eddy.

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      Faith Reaper 

      7 years ago from southern USA

      Aw, my precious and dear friend PS,

      My heart breaks for you and your precious family. You are so very strong and courageous. I love you so much and please know the angels are on their way and I am praying each and everyday for all for strength, healing and peace, His peace, the peace that surpasses all understanding.

      One day at a time...

      God bless you, Faith Reaper

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      livingsta 

      7 years ago from United Kingdom

      Sending you and your beautiful family hugs, blessings and angels. I will be praying x

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      Patricia Scott 

      7 years ago from North Central Florida

      Thank you Fred. My heart goes out to you and to the person that you know that is walking this walk. Angels are on the way to you today. ps

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      Fred Mucai 

      7 years ago from nairobi

      I have an idea what it is like because of the experience i have of someone close to me. Please take courage and i will pray for you and your family.

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      Patricia Scott 

      7 years ago from North Central Florida

      Thank you DDE for your kind words. So many reach out to us and keep us lifted up.

      Angels are on the way to you this morning. ps

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      Patricia Scott 

      7 years ago from North Central Florida

      Thank you DDE for your kind words. So many reach out to us and keep us lifted up.

      Angels are on the way to you this morning. ps

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      Devika Primić 

      7 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      It is a struggle indeed and life is just so unpredictable with such illnesses precious moment must be enjoyed may you bare these tough moments with your great strength and heart god bless

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      Patricia Scott 

      7 years ago from North Central Florida

      Hi Eric

      I do so agree!!! Victorious we are. Every day is a gift. Every new struggle an opportunity.

      Thank you for your insightful comments and your gift of caring. Angels are on the way to you. ps

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      Patricia Scott 

      7 years ago from North Central Florida

      Hi Eric

      I do so agree!!! Victorious we are. Every day is a gift. Every new struggle an opportunity.

      Thank you for your insightful comments and your gift of caring. Angels are on the way to you. ps

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      Patricia Scott 

      7 years ago from North Central Florida

      Ologsinquito

      Thank you for your kindness.

      Every day is a gift and we count our blessings.

      Angels are on the way to you ps

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      Patricia Scott 

      7 years ago from North Central Florida

      Thank you, thubi..Yes, there is so much to smile about. It is not easy some days but we keep HOPE alive.

      thank you for visiting. Angels are on the way ps

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      Patricia Scott 

      7 years ago from North Central Florida

      How sweet of you, Craftytothecore

      We have just begun to know each other here on HubPages. Know that your kind words are very helpful.

      Angels are on the way to you this morning. ps

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      Patricia Scott 

      7 years ago from North Central Florida

      Thank you for visiting, dear Bill.

      This is not an easy walk but it is easier because I know I can reach out and ask for help.

      Angels received. Thank you thank you

      Angels on the way back to you...ps

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      Eric Dierker 

      7 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Much love coming your way with prayers from my home to you and yours. When I won the battle against terminal cancer I heard the term survivor. Strange that term. Those that live on and fight on do not seem to be survivors they seem to be Victors. You already have heroes and Victorious little ones in your life. They are not surviving they are winners.

      I am sure my angels have already arrived at your side.

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      Eric Dierker 

      7 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Much love coming your way with prayers from my home to you and yours. When I won the battle against terminal cancer I heard the term survivor. Strange that term. Those that live on and fight on do not seem to be survivors they seem to be Victors. You already have heroes and Victorious little ones in your life. They are not surviving they are winners.

      I am sure my angels have already arrived at your side.

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      Patricia Scott 

      7 years ago from North Central Florida

      Thank you, Carol I can feel them and I know my family can. We are so blessed to have so many who are walking our walk with us. And you know, Angels are on the way back to you!! ps

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      Patricia Scott 

      7 years ago from North Central Florida

      Thank you, Carol I can feel them and I know my family can. We are so blessed to have so many who are walking our walk with us. And you know, Angels are on the way back to you!! ps

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      JR Krishna 

      7 years ago from India

      As part of my profession everyday I see patients with terminal illness and talk to some of their families.

      I always encourage them to talk to the patient and express their feelings and talk about the good times they had together and appreciate each other.

      It is not easy for a mother to watch her childrens' sufferings. I must say you are special and blessed with lot of courage, stamina and presence of mind.

      Tears are natural. You don't have to be ashamed about it. Yet you are smiling....

      My love and prayers to you and your family.

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      ologsinquito 

      7 years ago from USA

      I will pray for them. I'm sorry to hear they are struggling with this terrible disease.

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      CraftytotheCore 

      7 years ago

      PS, I love you and I'm terribly sorry your family has to endure the viciousness of illness. It takes courage and bravery to step out in the world and share your heartfelt stories and tears among strangers. I'm not only sending angels, I'm praying for strength, restoration, healing, and peace. Please keep us posted. Your friend, Brandi

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      Bill Holland 

      7 years ago from Olympia, WA

      I have no words my friend. A writer who fails to find the words.....hugs, prayers and blessings are heading your way....I don't know what else to do for you and your beautiful family. :)

      bill

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      carol stanley 

      7 years ago from Arizona

      Wow..This puts life in perspective. I have ready about your trials and the beat goes on. As you said..it never is a singular issue in life, there is more. But you deal with each day and enjoy the moments you have. You have always graciously sent angels to me and others...So I am sending them special delivery to you ..and please know my heart and soul is with you for your unimaginable courage.

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