Thursday, 29 October 2015
Out Of The Darkness Comes Welcome Light
We, my family, were hoping for a ray of sunshine to chase away a dark cloud hanging over us, but yesterday a flood of light returned to our lives.
Many will know that my family has been blighted with cancer problems in recent years, and we have lost some much loved family members.
First, my dear wife Maria in April 2013 after a 16 year battle with breast cancer.
Then, six months later my daughter's father-in-law was struck down quickly with cancer of the oesophagus, six weeks after diagnosis.
Then my sister's husband, Harry, who passed away recently after his 15 year battle with prostate cancer.
My dear sister, Maggie May, at Nuts In May, also suffered two vicious cancer attacks, first in 2009 when a secondary cancer appeared like lightning and the primary was not evident anywhere so the oncology people did not know for certain what they were dealing with. Fortunately they picked the correct chemotherapy and that stopped it in it's tracks. They did say without this treatment she would not have survived more than a few months and not seen her 70th birthday. She enjoyed a short period of remission but it returned with vengeance in 2011 to her lower back and she had to undergo 30 blasts of radiotherapy. Her and Harry seemed to be taking it in turns to undergo chemo and radiotherapies for their cancers.
Maggie's treatment seemed to have done the trick and she has been in remission, or hopefully cancer free ever since. The doctors said the chances of a complete cure were very slim and checked her periodically. Yet to everyone's surprise she remained cancer free and they regarded her somewhat as a walking miracle.
Then she had to undergo all the stress of Harry's illness which weighed very heavily on her physical health and recently she detected something was far from right with her and feared the return of cancer. She could not get herself sorted out because she was too busy lovingly looking after Harry and visiting him in hospital, and latterly in a nursing home. In addition to all this she had to battle with the medical authorities and the nursing home to make sure Harry received the best care possible.
After Harry's passing she had a consultation at the oncology centre and they detected something was wrong and ordered a CT scan and a biopsy. That was last week and we were sweating ever since, fearing the results which came at her consultation yesterday. She was quite convinced the news would be bad and everyone was rather doubtful.
People have been praying for her all over the world ~ wonderful blogging friends of her's and mine, with one lady adding her on no fewer than three church prayer lists.
The consultation to discuss the results was yesterday and the news was better than any of us dared to imagine. Maggie is completely clear of cancer and can resume a normal life, which she so deserves so much after losing her husband.
The culprit is fibrous tissue about the size of a golf ball and a haematoma, both which can be completely cured, plus a hairline fracture of her pelvis which is healing well. She must have got that during one of Harry's falls.
I want to thank everyone who prayed for her and for all your good wishes. I have lost too many friends and loved ones and now I still have my sister.
Please visit Maggie if you have the time ~ she has written a short post herself . . . HERE
Light indeed has returned to our family.