Wednesday, November 28, 2012

My gift

Brief recap for those of you who may have missed it: My dad has stage 4 lung cancer with no hope of recovery. As I type this, we are at the cancer center having chemo. I haven't handled this well. Physically, I gained back 10 of the 81 pounds I had lost. Mentally, I've been overwhelmed. I go to the doctor tomorrow.

Now............I want to tell about the gift my mother-in-law gave me. She is a retired cancer center nurse, so she knows what I'm going through. She came and got my kids and took them to her house (2.5 hours from me) for the next two weeks (they left yesterday). She gave me the gift of time. Time to take dad to his appointments without worrying about finding a babysitter for the kids. She gave me the ability to focus on MY health and taking care of Me for a change. Hubby and I are eating healthy and I'm going to exercise classes that I wouldn't have been able to attend otherwise.

And already, the weight is coming off. It's a great feeling when you take care of yourself.


  1. So glad you'll have some time for yourself and with your dad where you don't have to worry about the kids. Wish I lived closer I'd go for some walks with you. I'm here if you ever want to talk but guessing you have some friends close by you can talk to. *hugs*

  2. That is the most thoughtful gift of all. Take care of yourself and good luck with all the hardship you and your family is going through.

  3. So sorry to hear that your dad is not well but thankful that you're able to spend his last days with him. Prayers for you as you go through this. ((( hugs ))) And what an awesome gift that your MIL gave you. God is good!

  4. Your MIL sounds like a very special person.

  5. What a wonderful precious gift that is. May the lord continue to give you strength especially during this time.
    Take care of yourself.