(Brenham. TX )
Linda had just turned fifty-one years old when she died after a 6 1/2 year battle with ovarian cancer. We held her in our arms as she passed to her heavenly home. We will never be the same, but we all did our best to keep her here. Her wonderful, skilled doctor did all he could with a cancer that had reached stage 3-C before she was diagnosed. During those 6 1/2 years, she married for the first time, had a happy marriage, continued to work and loved her friends and her church. At first, she visited us at our home as much as possible (a four hour drive), but during the last 2 years, she begin to have many problems. Her last year was filled with many hospital visits, blood transfusions, electrolyte imbalances, and much medicine. After Christmas her doctor advised her that he had done all that he could and referred her to hospice. After her final hospital stay, she came home and was nursed for 3 days and nights by wonderful hospice nurses. She died at 7:15 AM on January 20, 2014.
What a blessing she was to us, and we thank God for giving us the gift of raising her and loving her for those 51 year. We are told that we will never get over her loss, but will learn to live with it. That is encouraging. We now know that we have experienced the worst loss that can befall a parent and it hurts. But, as Christians, we claim the promise that we will see her again.