Thursday, 20 July 2006

Typing it all out

This story begins on February 16th, 2000…the day that the black cloud parked itself over my family. This is the day that my Dad was diagnosed with Acute Lymphatic Leukemia. He was 52 years old. The doctors were able to get him into remission fairly quickly, but the treatments really took their toll and Dad was never really the same again.

On January 21st, 2002, Hubster’s Dad died suddenly of cirrhosis of the liver, which we later found out was caused by Hepatitis C, which he probably contracted as a child through doctors reusing needles.

On October 1st, 2002, Hubster’s grandmother died after a three month battle with brain cancer. It was a slow and horrible death, and it was very hard to watch her slowly lose her life.

On March 24th, 2004, we were told that Dad’s leukemia was back for the third time. This time, it had spread to his brain and spinal fluid. There was no hope. He would die this time. He chose to go through some more treatments to prolong his life, but after a short time, realized that all the treatments were doing were making his last few months on earth difficult. He chose to stop all treatments and let nature take its course. His parents and brother and sister-in-law came from England for four days to day good-bye. We all knew he was going and they wanted to say good-bye before he got too sick. They left on April 6th, 2004.

On May 2nd, 2004, my grandfather (my Dad’s dad) died instantly of a massive heart attack. My sister and I flew to England for the funeral.

On May 11th, the day after the funeral, I got a phone call from my Mom that Dad was not doing well. We would have to take the next flight home…he was going to die.

On May 12th, 2004, we arrived home. Dad was in rough shape. It was a hard, hard week.

On May 20th, 2004, my Dad passed away. He was 57.

On January 28th, 2006, my only sister, Joanne, was killed instantly in a snowmobile accident. She was 34 years old. She left behind her husband and her three beautiful daughters, C, 8, R, 7, and D, 3.

The tragedy and sadness that my family has had to endure over the past 6 years has been very difficult to bear. We were getting to the point where numbness took over the pain. Our question was, “Who’s next?” It has been horrible.

On August 9th, 2006, I found out that we are expecting a third child. This is a child that I have always wanted, but never thought I’d get. We had been TALKING about trying for a third, but never really decided to take the plunge. We didn’t have to take the plunge. God blessed us with a child before we even had a chance to properly discuss trying! I like to think that all of the family members that we have lost, especially Joanne, had something to do with this. I can just picture them having a meeting with God, sitting around a boardroom table, giving God reasons why we should have another child! LOL! I wish they could all be here with us to experience the earthly joy, but I know in my heart that they ARE here. They are with me every step of the way.

Thank you God for this wonderful gift. Thank you Daddy, Joanne, Papa, Nanna and Grampy for putting in a good word for us. You have turned the black cloud into a rainbow. You have brought joy back into our lives. Thank you. Pin It

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