Our wonderful Christmas gift.

Fri Dec 25, 2009 8:52 pm

My mother as diagnosed with cancer back in September. For a while, the news was getting worse as she had a pelvic cancer that is aggressive and she also was found to have breast cancer too. She had chemotherapy and breezed right through it. She actually came home from the 3rd session and raked leaves! She had surgery on December 8th. Two surgeons and about 4 hours in the operating room. She was up and walking quickly and off all pain medication in 4 days. In less than 2 weeks she was cleared to drive by her doctor and both doctors are in utter amazement at her progress. She is 86 years old and she is talking about going back to work depending upon how she feels after her chemo begins after the New Year. She has been working at the same company since 1941. Because of other family obligations it was just the 4 of us for Christmas this year: my wife, sister, and mom. Claude Downing ( my dear friend from the forum) sent me some of his prized sweet potatoes including the very special Haymans. They were part of the meal. The squash came from the garden. The chestnut stuffing was made from our own chestnuts (my first harvest) and fresh sage leaves picked on Christmas Eve. Plus the blueberries for the pie came from my blueberry patch. We all contributed something to preparing the meal but the best gift of all was another Christmas with our most special mom. We may have challenges ahead, but today was pure joy. :D

Re: Our wonderful Christmas gift.

Fri Dec 25, 2009 8:58 pm

Got to admire her spirit for getting through all she has. Glad y'all had a good day and many more to come. Grump

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Fri Dec 25, 2009 9:28 pm

Hey Bob, that is great to hear. It is nice when good things happen for people, I only hope 2010 proves to be a better year r you and your family. Hope to see you at Cecil's in February.

Re: Our wonderful Christmas gift.

Fri Dec 25, 2009 9:33 pm

How great it is to find the blessings in the things life throws our way! Sounds like you had a super Christmas Bob.

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Fri Dec 25, 2009 11:21 pm

Bob:

You got the bestest Christmas present possible. I am very happy for you and your family. Peace to you and yours during this holiday season. (+)

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Fri Dec 25, 2009 11:42 pm

GOD BLESS HER. HER ATTITUDE IS HER STRENGTH. IT IS TRULY A MERRY CHRISTMAS.

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Sat Dec 26, 2009 9:44 am

Good News for Sure. Hope you new year is better than ever. Same company since 1941. That is dedication on her part and loyality on thier part. Two things hard to find in todays world. She's gotta be a fighter, which is good. May God contiunue to bless you house.

Re: Our wonderful Christmas gift.

Sat Dec 26, 2009 9:47 am

That's great news, Bob.

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Sat Dec 26, 2009 1:38 pm

Bob , that is excellent news for everyone. Your mother has proven herself be a strong willed woman that we can all admire. You are truly a blessed family this holiday season and this truly inspires me . :D

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Sat Dec 26, 2009 8:44 pm

Great news, Bob. Sounds like your mother is one tough lady. You will remember the blessings of this Christmas forever. :D :D

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Sat Dec 26, 2009 8:56 pm

Thanks everyone. Yeah she is a tough bird. The doctors all say her good physical condition from all the gardening and other work she always finds to do has paid big dividends. She told the doctors early on the she wanted them to 'find it and fix it because she was not ready yet" . She is one special lady.

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Sat Dec 26, 2009 9:05 pm

Great to hear, Bob! Ed

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Tue Dec 29, 2009 5:41 pm

Glad to hear the news Bob, sounds like she has a great attitude which is of the upmost importance.

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Wed Dec 30, 2009 10:49 pm

Dear Bob,

Your mother's spirit is inspiring, and reminds me of my own mother and our time with her following her diagnosis.

Looks like your mom has every intention of continuing to live her life to the fullest...and that's great!

Cherish every moment,

Charles

Re: Our wonderful Christmas gift.

Thu Dec 31, 2009 8:12 am

Good Morning Bob:
Best wishes to your mom and you and all of your family.
Berlin