Sunday, May 13, 2012

Life's surprises

Just as life seemed to begin to find some element of normalcy, something happens to cause turmoil.
A wonderful Christmas with Mom & Terri
As I posted before, my Mom passed away last July.  I have been having troubles getting my creative muse motivated & I am missing her so much.

My sister Terri did a lot in the last 5 years of Mom's life in taking her to appointments as I had previously.  Terri had a better mind for comprehending and retaining the medical information.  I would understand as they told me, but then it wouldn't make sense later.

Now, Terri is facing her own diagnosis of a Cystic Tumor on the surface of her brain.  And, like Mom, she is facing it head on with a great attitude and complete trust in her Neurosurgeon (one of the best in his field).

Terri is the closet to me in age of all my siblings.  We shared a room growing up, and now we share the responsibilities at the store.  Although our teen years we rough (whose aren't? that surge of hormones & trying to determine boundaries with the world is not easy for anyone)  we are very close now (as we are with the rest of the family - we are blessed that way!).  I know this is difficult for the rest of the family, especially those who are not nearby.  I remember from the years I lived so far away from most of the family. 

I am trying my best to be strong & to keep an even keel at the store & home.  Terri's surgery is tomorrow morning at 11.  We are keeping the store open.  Terri's husband will be at the hospital with her.  The procedure should take nearly 3 hours.  Dad & I will keep ourselves busy & act as the information hub for all of our family & friends.

This is the time I really wish Mom were here to talk to & hug & cry with.  I know the tears don't help Terri, but they are cleansing for me.

If anyone reads this, thank you for reading it all as it rambled on.


MaryH said...

Never DOUBT that your Mom is there with you. Someday I'll tell you how I KNOW this to be true. Many thoughts & prayers are coming your way. God is with you. This is all a part of HIS plan, even though we may not understand the 'why'. You are strong, but if you need to cry a little, then do it!! Terri will need you to be there for her. Let us know if we can help in any way. God Bless.

Anonymous said...

praying 4 terri

Joan Hawley said...

Hi Cindy, Keeping Terri, her surgical team and your family in my thoughts.