Friday, August 22, 2008

Uncle Robbie

My Uncle Robbie, my Aunt Sally's husband, who I have mentioned on my sidebar as having widespread cancer is succumbing to this awful disease that does not deserve to be in the same size font as the rest of the words in this post. He has been sent to a hospice center to be made comfortable while they wait for his inevitable death.


And my heart breaks in an empathetic way for my Aunt Sally that only someone who has been married to someone with cancer can comprehend.


And my heart fills with tenderness and compassion knowing that Sally is a cancer survivor herself.


And my heart explodes with sympathy for Sally and her kids, Michelle and Scott, and their kids as they spend these last remaining days with Robbie.


And I struggle with my own selfishness because as much empathy, tenderness, compassion and sympathy as I have for Sally and my cousins it is seemingly impossible for me not to lament my own situation in the midst of their current trial. Brian's constant battle for his life is reborn in my world. In my world of school and kids and parenting and dinners and errands and cleaning and laundering that makes it easy to forget the cancer in the middle of it all.


And, friends and family, what Sally is currently going through - well, let's just say... NOTHING SCARES ME MORE.


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18 comments:

  1. Oh my -- my heart goes out to you and your uncle robbie and his family. I can't say I understand exactly how it feels but your words make it easier to try to understand. May they find comfort in the coming days.

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  2. I hope you all find comfort and peace some how, somewhere...

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  3. i have tears. so sorry for the pain that comes w/ that ugly 'word'.

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  4. My thoughts and prayers are with you, your family.

    You know, the disease that will not be named continues to take its toll, but it will not take the spirit.

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  5. I'm so sorry. I've seen this firsthand twice this year and it is horrible.

    I will say that both my sister's family and my bff and her kids are working through the pain and are able to remember their missing ones with love and joy every day. I don't know if that helps or not.

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  6. I am so sorry to hear about your Uncle-geesh it is such a devestating diease-I will keep your family in my thoughts

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  7. This post makes me Homesick, Angie.
    I'm glad there's no c@ncer there.

    Much love for you.

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  8. This post took me right to the "Did anyone tell you that you have cancer" moment I lived through five years ago -- and the aftermath. I was one of the lucky ones but I get it. New reader!

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  9. To be a cancer survivor and to watch your loved one go through it? I can't think of anything worse. My hubby is a cancer survivor and given the prevelance of this horrid disease, one of us will likely have it again in our lifetime.

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  10. To say my heart aches for you is an understatement. But it does.

    I'm grasping for something meaningfuly to say, but can't. I will just say it sucks, I'm sorry and I hope you find comfort friend.

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  11. I am so sorry to hear about your uncle. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.

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  12. Prayers for your family.

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  13. You are a very strong woman, and I thank you for sharing with us your daily struggles and victories. Your blog is one of my favourites, it puts things into perspective. I am deeply sorry to hear about your uncle, so many of us are touched by that small word, and feel your sorrow. Keep Believing.

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  14. Oh Angie... I will say all the prayers I can that help ease whatever pain and sorrow is there. My heart goes out to you and your family and for all the others that have to deal with his awful disease...

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  15. I love praying for you, Angie, and lately have been asking God to make it so I can pray for you less. I'm so sorry about your Uncle.

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  16. Angie my thoughts and prayers are with your family and that his end is peaceful.

    Cancer Sucks

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  17. Oh man, Angie. I will be praying for you all tonight.

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  18. I am always praying for you and your family. Hope you are having a good week!

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