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Thursday, April 19, 2012

The Passing of my Mother

My Mother had been fighting colon cancer for over six years now.  Up until recently she fought it hard and even seemed to be winning some of the battles.  In the last month though the battles became more then even she could fight. Although I moved in with her this past August to help her around the house and be there for her it just got harder and harder on her. I cherish those few months that I actually got to live with my Mother again and would do it all over again if I had the chance. For a while her doctors were encouraged on this last treatment option of chemotherapy and she was even gaining some weight and a little of that lost energy would come through.  About a month or so ago she had to be taken to the hospital for a compression fracture in her back, which the doctors were able to relieve the pressure from with a procedure.  Once we brought her home I could tell she was very tired and was going downhill.  She once asked me, "why do you want to keep me hanging around here"? I told her it wasn't just me but her entire family and especially her grandson, Alex, who adored having here around.  On her last trip to the hospital, as I was helping her into the wheelchair, she looked me straight in the eyes and simply said, "I am dying".  It was after that the doctors all stated that they had done all they could for her and suggested placing her in Hospice.  From that point I could tell Mom was tired and in more pain so we tried to make her as comfortable as possible for her last few days here on earth.  My mother passed into the Kingdom of Heaven at 9:21 PM on April 16, 2012 with myself and my brother at her side.  My mother spent her life helping other as a Nurse, parent, grandparent and helping her loving pets. Rest in Peace Mother!
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