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I have spent a great deal of my life battling illness. I suffered from Crohn's Disease and eventually had abdominal surgery, thwarting the Crohn's and budding cancer cells. Since my surgery in 1995 I have been relatively free from Crohns', although I had several subsequent surgeries related to my ileostomy..When my disease was in remission, I don't think my husband realized how bad it could get, but he has stood by me. I also have suffered from various autoimmune disorders and am diagnosed with Stage IV Kidney Disease. Fortunately, I am maintaining and do not need dialysis at this point. We adopted our son and later found out he had cerebral palsy, so he became my career. Dan has had two surgeries and tons of therapy and is able to walk because of it. He is a college graduate and is employed as an Information Specialist. We are very proud of his accomplishements. I am now part of the retired generation and still getting used to the idea. I do enjoy crafting, traveling and being with family and friends. I am active in my church and feel that the hardships we endure are there to build our faith. I like to live life in the "now" as we never know how much time is left.

Sunday, February 2, 2014

The Funeral

I have few remaining aunts.  One of them was Aunt Vi but she passed away this week.
When I was little, I was afraid of her.  She would yell at me for picking on my fingers!  I don't think she liked my mom when she was younger, but as she aged, she mellowed out.  
 
Her husband (my uncle and Mom's brother) inherited a cheese factory or got helped out by my Grandpa.  He was a great cheese maker but not good at the books.  Aunt Vi was smart and did the books.  She was a school teacher for over 45 years!  She also made many wise investments, had no children, so we became the recipients of her generosity when she reached her 90's.  She was 97 when she died.
 
Yesterday was the funeral.  It was small...some friends and remaining family.  My Mom was fortunate enough to be able to attend with us.  It was nice for her as she got to see an old friend!   It was good to visit with some of our other cousins (those who made it through the snow and cold).
 
I learned some things about Mom.  She doesn't want to be shown and she wants "Amazing Grace."  I think she enjoyed the effort and making it out to the service and dinner.
 


1 comment:

Gert said...

OH, I'm so sorry for your loss...no matter the age...it is always hard to lose someone we love.

Glad you're Mom was able to get out and to see others. I'm sure it meant a lot to her.

Blessings my friend,
Gert