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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.

Friday, May 2, 2014

So Thankful

The funeral was quite touching, although the pastor did make a mistake and say "Connie and Jim."  Excuse me, but that's MY husband!  It actually was kind of funny.  The flowers were beautiful.
I do wonder, why do people wait till someone is gone to come and visit?.  Mom's best friend, who she had not seen since being in the healthcare center, came with her daughter.  I think she is 97.  Mom would have loved to see her!

My cousin was in an accident on the way to the funeral  (Shirley's dad; she is my second cousin).  Well, the car he hit was was also going to the funeral....one of Mom's nurses!  Thank God all are well, but her new car isn't and neither is my cousin's car.  Shirley got a ride from the nurse's Mom, and my cousin got there in time to eat and visit.

Shirley came home with me.  Her dad drove a rental home and has to come back in ten days to pick up his vehicle.  We wonder what it will cost.  The nurse's car may be totalled.  Hope she isn't the type of person to sue.  I don't think so.

I kept it together pretty well during the day.  Oh, I had my moments, like when I just looked around at Mom's family and thought she should  have been  there.  I could tell, all in all, that I was being held up in prayer.

It was so good to have Shirley with me.  She was such a comfort and we shared stories of my Mom.
I suppose I should go back to bed so I can be rested for the drive up north this morning.  We are all looking forward to a fun weekend!


Linda said...

It was a very nice service. I am glad Shirley is there for you. Looing forward to a different frame of mind for both of us.....as tears flow b/c I am tired and I know life will be somewhat different for us. But we have lots of loved ones and freinds adn our failth to pull us thourgh,

NanaDiana said...

I am glad it is behind you. I always dread the funeral end of things.

I hope you have a good trip and weekend with Linda and friends.

I think sometimes people just don't visit because it reminds them of their own mortality. xo Diana