Monday, December 11, 2006

A different direction

When I started this blog I thought it would be a place for me to record my thoughts, share about my day, try to tap into a tad of creativity, and just enjoy being out here with others. I didn't envision sharing sad news.

But we don't control these things. This past Friday, my mom-in-law was diagnosed with leukemia. She entered the hospital on Saturday for additional tests. And today she began a seven day treatment of chemotherapy. She will get those meds 24/7 for the full seven days. Afterwards, they predict she could be in the hospital as long as 30 to 45 days for recovery, additional tests, etc.

My wife's mom and step-father usually visit at Christmas and we were looking forward to seeing them this year. This unexpected change has certainly shaken us all. We'll be working to find a bit of our Christmas spirit again and enjoy the time with our kids. But it definitely alters many of our plans and hopes about the holidays.

12 comments:

radioactive girl said...

I'm not sure what to say except that I am sorry. I will be thinking of you and hoping things go well. I just had cancer (may still have it I guess) and it sucks, but with good family and friends, it makes it easier.

whimsicalnbrainpan said...

I am so sorry. Your family will be in my thoughts and prayers.

Thomas Vickers said...

Hang tough.
My 80 year old father is just entering his third week of chemo and radiation treatment for lung cancer.

Just have to smile and take care of them till they are better.

A good atittude is hard, but a necessity in times like this

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Tracy Lynn said...

As someone with a chronic, terminal illness, I know how hard it can be. You and your family are in my prayers.

Carol said...

I totally understand what you are feeling, my very much loved mother in law had hodgkinsons Lymphomia 15 years ago ..My prayers are with you and your family..and I pray you will receive the Christmas Spirit and enjoy many blessings for the season..

creative-type dad said...

Sorry to hear that

Chelle said...

I"m so sorry.... :(

Jazz said...

So sorry to hear that Em.

Em said...

You guys are awesome! Thanks so much for your words of support and encouragement. I don't actually 'know' any of you, and yet it has a nice feel of a supportive community. Thank you!

Dirk_Star said...

My deeest sympathys...

I lost my mom not so long ago to diabetes.

Just hold on to loving them as long as possible.

The best gift you can give to them is a very Merry Christmas. Trust me on this one.

Jill said...

Oh, sorry to hear that. I hope your mom-in-law makes a speedy recovery.

The Wizened Wizard said...

Besides giving hugs and encouragement, give her stories. Talk about fun holidays past, remember the happy times joyfully, and talk about next year when you will make up for any good times lost this season. And believe that you will.

My heart goes out to you and your family.