Posts Tagged ‘brain cancer’

2 Weeks

Monday, August 31st, 2009

What if you woke up tomorrow and found out that you only had 2 weeks left to live?  Would you panic?  Surely you would be alarmed!  Even if you’re a believing and confessing Christian.  That kind of news is a bit startling!  For anyone.

On Friday, when I came home from school….I received a message from my favorite cousin down south that said..”My aunt Marilyn had been taken to the hospital and they found she has an aggressive brain cancer.”  The doctors don’t expect her to live more than 2 weeks!  I sat there, stunned!

I live so far away.  How can I help?  What can I do?  I want to be there with them.  Most of my family had gathered at the hospital to say goodbye and love her on to eternity.  She was being treated with a medication that relieved the fluid on her brain.  This was working like magic.  Before she was not talking or thinking straight.  Now she was awake, laughing and sharing in the fun (what fun there could be) going on around her.

I spoke to family members who assured me that they understood my not being there….but my heart……just hurt.  I love my Aunt Marilyn.  She was very instrumental in my growing  up years.  She was one of many aunts that spoiled me rotten and loved me anyway.  Her life has been one of travel and excitement.  When I was a kid….she would always bring me back something very special from wherever far off place she had visited.  Very cool stuff too!

I haven’t seen her in many years ( I’ve lived in Indiana for 10 years) and going that far south has been nearly impossible to do.  But I regret it.  I feel sad that I have missed out on seeing my family.  You can’t get that time back.  Now, all I can do is pray for her and send her my love over the phone through family.

Tonight…..I received an update.  The doctors have given her radiation treatments and other medications.  It’s amazing.  They feel she could live much longer if things keep going the way they are.  Instead of 2 weeks….they say she could have even a year left.  God, you are incredible!

I am rejoicing at that news!  She’s not out of the woods….but what amazing hope I feel.