Friday, March 15, 2013

Remembering Mom

My mother was the most self-less person I ever met.

Two years ago today we lost her to cancer.

Before that, she spent 15 years as a devoted fulltime caregiver. In that time, she cared for my grandfather during his battle with emphysema, for my father while he battled ALS and for my grandmother who was bedridden for 10 years.

Much of the time she was "on duty" 24/7 with an aide only two hours a few times a week. She never took more than a two day break and that no more than twice in a year.

She dealt with bedbaths, commodes, medications, equipment, doctors, nurses and hospice workers. She managed it all with grace.

Less than two years after my grandmother died, my mother got her own diagnosis: ovarian cancer. She was gone a few months later.

I miss her. I'm sure she has a few jewels in her heavenly crown.

Who are you missing?


  1. Your Mom was an angel on Earth. And she raised a beautiful daughter, who is one of my treasured friends. I know you miss her every day, but I also know you are assured to see her again in Heaven. May God bless you and grant you peace until then.

  2. Very nice Melinda, I have lost my dad and grandmother, both strong forces in my life. Back last year after attending the funeral of a dear young friend I was inspired to write a song called "Song of Hope." Most all of it is scripture and the impetus for the song is from the scripture " not grieve as those who have no hope." We will see each other again and this time it will be eternal! Blessings to you! - Jodi

    1. Thank you! I'd love to hear that song sometime. Blessings!