Hey everyone. I thought long and hard about whether to do this post. Unless I'm sharing something cute and fun about our grandchildren, I tend to be very private. I thought about how grateful it makes me feel when I can offer some little bit of hope and tender words when one of you asks, and felt it was selfish not to give you the same chance. You are all such wonderful people, and I truly feel you are my friends; and sometimes we just need to know that our friends are thinking about us.
It seems 2015 has really tested our strength with sadness & sorrow. We've lost two very good friends, & a cousin who was also a friend. We are now faced with the heartache of losing my hubby's sister, Carol and my dear sister-inlaw. She has battled the demon cancer for over four years and has reached that point where there is nothing left to do. Hospice will be taking over her care this next week, and we will be seeing her in a few days. My hubby is devastated. He and Carol have always had a close bond that has only intensified as they have each gotten older. For me, she has always been the sister I didn't have. She has an amazing countenance and says she is ready and at peace with what comes next. None of the rest of us have found that peace yet. She has been married for almost fifty years, and her husband is a kind and gentle man. She has three grown children and four grandchildren. She has three siblings, their spouses and countless friends who will miss her so much.
If you do believe in prayer, then I ask you to pray that Carol does not suffer. I hope you will pray for those of us who will be left behind, that we can be strong for her as she bids us goodbye. I hope you will pray that we can all draw upon some of the strength Carol has always had, and make this stage easier for her.
Thank you all so much.