A few months ago my sweet sister told me of her medical diagnosis that tore at my heart-strings. Just hearing the word Cancer is frightening unto itself but having a family member with it is devastating for all. I waited until she finished her chemo and radiation treatments with the hope the tumor would shrink. If it did, they would wait two or so months (recheck with an MRI) and then be able to remove it surgically. And so in early August I flew up to see her and to celebrate her upcoming birthday. Gloria was so happy and appreciative of my visit and I in turn admired her courage and positive attitude. I made sure to tell her I sure didn’t think I would be handling it as well if it were happening to me. What I have learned is that when I hear bad news, my mind goes into a freeze mode and will sometimes take me days to sort through what I heard and then react. There are times I just sit and cry over what has happened but I can never do that when I first hear it. And so last week Gloria had her MRI to check if the tumor had shrunk and then have her appointment this week with her Surgeon for the outcome. I waited for her call and last evening she told me that the tumor did not shrink enough to allow surgery. Her options were to leave it alone and do nothing and then re-check it in a few months or have a colostomy performed in a few weeks. She went on to tell me that she has decided to go with this option and that she asked the doctor, if she could pick the color of the bag. The doctor told her that with her sense of humor, she will have a good outcome.
As for me Gloria I wish I could hug you, as my eyes fill with tears. I just love your awesome attitude and how you are handling it all is so admirable. You are very courageous and brave and I wish you only the best of outcomes.
Your four wonderful children will be by your side along with Tommy my sweet brother-in-law to get you through the rough patches. And you most definitely have my love and prayers every step of the way along with my families best wishes. I am excited to say that I just found some neat waist tie pajamas with neat tops for you to wear after your procedure and they just happen to come in your favorite colors that I hope will brighten your day when you receive them.
I love you Sis!