Thursday, 13 December 2012

Life happens . . .

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The news was filled last evening with  all the fabulous-ness that was December 12, 2012. Apparently there will not be another 12/12/12 for a hundred years.  There was a little boy who was turning 12 yesterday, so it was deemed his lucky day and I expect he was not the only child who turned 12 yesterday.  There was a baby that was born at 12 minutes after 12 on 12/12/12 . . . so many exciting things.

It was a remarkable day for us as well.  I called my mother in the afternoon and we spoke for a few minutes, but she had not heard anything yet.  Then last night just as I was getting in to bed our telephone rang and it was my mother.  I knew before I answered it that it was going to be her.   It is lung cancer and they will be operating on her early in the new year to remove a portion of her lung.  We are hopeful that it has been caught early.  Had she not had severe vertigo that day, we would still not know it was there.  She's not had any symptoms or been ill in any way, so I am thinking that is good news.  She only weighs 80 pounds though, which worries me.  If she has to have chemo, she has no weight to lose.

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I know that you will all be keeping her in your prayers and they are very much appreciated.  We are all very grateful for each and every one of them.    I believe we are already experiencing miracles.  The fact that the cancer has been discovered before becoming symptomatic is very promising and I believe it to be the first miracle of many.  We will take our blessings where we find them and for as long as we can.

It's very difficult to be so far away at this time.  Last night as we spoke on the telephone I wanted to be able to reach through the phone and hold her and just cry with each other.  I hate that she is alone and far away from family.  This type of thing isn't something you really think about when you make the choice to move half a world away . . .  I am going to try to be there with her when she has her operation and during recovery if I can.  I am the only one of the three children that does not have a job.  My sister works full time and is dependent upon her income for her livelihood.  Likewise my brother. Neither of them can take the time off to be there just yet.

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It's time to put on my big girl pants . . . and step up to the plate.  I cannot run away and hide from this one.  I have to be strong for my mom and for my family.  For she who gave me life, this is the very least that I can do and I want to do so much more than this.  If I could I would gladly bear all of her suffering myself.  Being able to serve her in this way is a privilege and a blessing.  Until I can be with her in person, I will be with her in any way I can.  Obviously we will know a lot more once she has seen the specialist in Halifax and then we will work from there.  We are grateful for the tender mercies of the Lord.

Many thanks to you all for your love and support.  Together we can do this.

“Whatever our calling, regardless of our fears or anxieties, let us pray and then go and do.” 
~Thomas S Monson

Doing with love . . . is the greatest gift you can give another.

God bless you all.


 

11 comments:

pattypan.2 said...

Marie

I am so sorry; will send healing to your mom you and your loved ones during this difficult time. Although I believe that a firm posititive attitude always helps. Its bad enough when you are on the doorstop without as you have put it being a world away. I believe in angels and they will help smooth the way if you ask for their assistance but you do have to ask. Although it sounds as though I am making light try it with the car parking angel when you cannot find a place - it usually works.
With love hugs and healing

Pattypan

x

Sybil said...

I am so glad that the news bad as it is is not as bad as it might have been Marie, and I am sure they have got it early enough so that they will be able to operate and there will be a good outcome. It is so hard when you are so far away. I know how awful Margaret and Sarah felt when our Mum was so ill in Scotland and they coudl do very little to help me...but they did manage to get up as fast as was possible by train when Drs. thought it advisable... I expct in these days the cost would almost have been as bad as you going to canada when you don;t have the money in the first place. However I believe truly that our Amazing God works his miracles when we need them and I am sure he will do so for you when the time comes that you feel you must go...
It is an extreemly cold morning here again -5 and as white as snow outside...looks lovely....
Have a good day and "count our blessing come what may"
Love Always Sybil xx

Suze said...

I pray that God's blessings and peace pour upon you at this time.

Tracy said...

Oh, Marie... I'm so sorry that your Mom is if fact dealing with cancer now. But I pray that this early intervention will bring a positive result and she will remain well. I will be keeping her in my prayers, and holding you up in prayers also, my friend. I know how very hard it is to be far away just now. I admire your strength and courage needed just now. Keep you chin up, sweetie. Keep calm & carry on--that's a good one for now, isn't it? :o) LOVE YOU LOTS!! ((BIG HUGS))

Laurie said...

oh Marie, so so sorry for this news.I wish there was something we could do to help.

Tracey Steele@Breathing English Air said...

Remember so many cancers are curable these days, and it does sound very positive that it has been discovered early. I will continue to pray for your mom and for you too.
I think you will wear those big girl pants well!

I'm mostly known as 'MA' said...

I'm glad that you plan to be there with your mother. It will be of great comfort to her and to you too. Being so far away is difficult. I helped to care for my parents when they were ill but worked full time so the brunt of it went to my youngest sister who did not work. I took on the weekend duties but then we lived close by. Keeping you and your mother in my prayers.

Dee said...

Love and prayers to you and your Mom. So very sorry to hear the results, I was praying for better news. Stay strong for her.

La Table De Nana said...

It will be a privilege for you to be with her..You will share so much Marie..You're a wonderful daughter..
Thoughts are with you..It cannot be easy being so far away..
Se must treasure your pone calls:)Take care..

Cathyjo said...

Still praying and also parying that ways will open up for your stay with your mom go's well.oooxxx

Grammy Staffy said...

My prayers are added to all those who are praying for you and your mom. I'm sending love and best wishes. Stay strong dear . Much love. Lura