Thursday, October 8, 2009
Today is a GOOD day!
By the subject line and the Homer picture you've probably guessed I have good news to share, huh? LOL
Well, I do. This isn't about publishing though. It's personal good news. Recently, my mother-in-law was diagnosed with uterine cancer. We were all pretty devastated by the news. At the time, we didn't know anything more than that. Cancer. We hear that word and our world falls apart. I didn't realize just how big an impact it would have on me, until someone close to me ended up with it. My first thought was how unfair it all seemed. She's the sweetest lady in the world. The type of person who rarely gets angry, never holds a grudge, and prays daily for everyone, including strangers. Why would someone so good have to go through this? But, I don't suppose I'm the only one who has felt that way about a sick loved one.
I struggled, but she was in good spirits. Her attitude (once again) quite frankly amazed me. Despite how I felt inside, I knew I had to put all that aside and do what I could to make this whole thing as easy on her as possible. It was our turn to be there for her. To show our support and be the caregiver for once.
Earlier this week the first big step in ridding her body of cancer took place. She had a hysterectomy. The operation went well, but we didn't have any news, good or bad, regarding the cancer. Had it spread? That question has been on all our minds for the last few days and I can easily say we've been holding our breath. Well, this morning we finally got word that her cancer has not spread into the lymph nodes. This is the best news!!
She's being released from the hospital today and will be going back in a few weeks for some type of follow up treatment. We aren't sure what sort of treatment exactly, but we're thrilled to know that she's feeling good, the surgery went well, and no cancer in the lymph nodes. Yes!
Between my dad's strokes and my MIL's cancer, it's made one thing very clear in my mind. Life is damn fragile. Live it to the fullest. Cherish your friends and family. Eat that piece of chocolate. Take that weekend away with your spouse. Enjoy the leaves falling from the trees. Read that book you have next to your bed....because you never can tell what tomorrow will bring!
In other news. If any of you are around at noon est today come and party with me and a few of the other Red Sage authors at After Dark. I WILL be giving away a few ebooks, sharing hunk pictures, and posting a few hot excerpts. *grin*