Our nest hasn't been so empty lately and life has a sense of keeping you busy. Although many days when I haven't sat down all day I can't figure out where the day went. It has been a roller coaster of a year, with all the ups and downs. As parents we swelled with pride when Alyson graduated from Boston College with her MBA and she now works in the Boston area with EMC.
Then late spring we lost my father in law to a rough battle with Alzheimer's a horrible disease that took a wonderful man. We miss him all the time and cherish every memory. No one is without his many favorite sayings in their heads and repeating them brings smiles to all who knew him.
Summer brought on the wedding prep, funny how it seems you have so much time and then how quickly that time goes. Somehow it all gets done, and a weekend of family, fun, & celebration is realized. We could not have asked for a better weekend in any way. We choose to celebrate every chance we get no matter how big or small--- life is for celebrating. Striving to find good in every day, to find moments of quiet, calm, time to reflect it helps to reset your mood and keeps you focused on whats important in life. Three weeks before our big family wedding my mom was diagnosed with breast cancer. It stops you in your tracks like hitting a concrete wall. Within moments your schedule has stopped, appointments juggled, realigning what really needs to be done and what doesn't. Through those first few weeks her focus was on enjoying the vacation she was on when she got the call and the upcoming wedding. "do what you need to do but I am going to this wedding" was her response to every doctor at each appt. that needed to be scheduled. As it turned out she made the wedding, stayed to the very end and looked beautiful the whole time.
She had put a lot of time into this event she sewed the table runners, made her own skirt, had made table runners for the shower, along with her sister knitted dishcloths for the shower favors. Nothing was gonna keep her from this wedding and being with her family. So now the focus is totally her health and getting through this treatment schedule. She is blessed with a huge caring community of family & friends, blessed is probably not exactly the right word as she has earned this group of people. If anyone, anytime needs anything she is there. Actually you don't even need to be in the group she is all in for anyone, perfect strangers if she sees their need she is all in for them too. Now is her time for support and like her we are all ---all in.
With this large support group we know it is important to keep everyone in the loop. She and I will update this blog to keep everyone up to date on what is going on medically. That way when you call she won't have to repeat every lab result, x-ray report, status of treatments you can read that here and then chat with her about more upbeat thoughts.