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After my parents died she and my Uncle became surrogate grandparents to my kids and are the only grandparents on my side my son has ever known.
She had her first bout with cancer some years ago. Thanks to surgery and chemo she beat the colon cancer.
About 2 years later she was diagnosed with lung cancer so the the chemo started again. She went into remission for about 6 months. When she relapsed she decided she didn't want to suffer through the poking and prodding not to mention the chemo again. So Hospice took over her care. Some days are good days and some are bad. As time goes by the bad days come more frequently but she never complains she's always “pretty good” when you ask.
I immediately thought of her when I saw the “heroes” theme but couldn't bring myself to ask her about it without crying like a baby. So last Sunday when she blew everyone's mind by showing up at my house for Bar-B-Que I decided I needed to try to get some decent pictures of her. I didn't know if I'd be able to bring myself to post anything to the Heroes theme but her birthday is next week so we'll at least have a new portrait for her 73rd birthday.
I feel like she's a hero for inspiring my kids and me to quit feeling sorry for ourselves and stop dwelling on our problems. Our problems are very minor in the grand scheme of things.
If any of us deserve a place in heaven her's is a mansion on a hill.
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