Thursday, August 28, 2008

Aunt We

Its been a while. I haven't had much time to breath much less blog. So many different things, where do I begin?
My Aunt We, short for Marie, is dying. She has been placed under heavy sedation in the hospice unit of the hospital and will only be here on earth for 3 to 5 more days. I say this with a very heavy heart. You see, Aunt We was the strong, oldest sister of my mother's 7 siblings. She was the one that took care of everyone else, she was the rock. Its so hard to see her now, thin, sick, bald from chemo, just a distant vision of her old self. She should have been the one to stay forever.
After all that our family has been through in the last few years, you would think we would all be fine. Aunt We buried her husband 25 years ago, her oldest son & oldest daughter are both deceased also. But, she persevered. She was diagnosed with stage 4 lung cancer over 3 years ago, and has come back fighting.
That damn cancer came back, this time with a vengeance. It spread to her brain, and now to her abdomen. Her intestines have virtually shut down and now, the pain is horrible. She has been sedated and may never wake up again.
Bless you, Aunt We, I love you very much. I just know that Uncle Joe, Joey, & Debbie are all up there waiting for you right now, I guess we've had the luxury of having you this long and its their turn. I hope that this horrible stage doesn't last long, that you pass quietly, and your pain is gone. You'll be with your hubby again, good ol' Papa Joe, I'm sure that he's smiling, smoking his cigarette and drinking his coffee, knowing you'll be next to him soon.
Much Love,


Shonda Little said...

What a beautiful and painful story. My mother's oldest sister sounds an awful lot like your aunt. We would be lost without her. You have my prayers.

Helene said...

I'm so sorry to read about your Aunt We and all she's been through. She sounds like a courageous and strong woman! I hope you find comfort and peace in the next few days recalling all the happy memories you have of her.

Allison said...

I just lost my grandfather to cancer in January. It is a hard thing to watch! I wish you nothing but the strength to get through this tough time!