April 8, 2011 (a year ago) I went to Emergency Room thinking I had a kidney stone. I did have a kidney stone, but also discovered my abdomen was filled with tissue and various tumors which knew of no “cure”. This year, ironically Easter lands on April 8 !!!! This year it will be a day filled with “the great cure”.
A year ago, statistics pegged me at 3-6 months. Now 52 weeks later, I am still here, plugging along. It has been an interesting journey. But the journey is coming to a close; sooner than later.
I have moved to Windhaven Center, an assisted living facility near the south edge of Cedar Falls. It’s a great facility and I am pleased with the staff. My sister Camilla has moved here to assist me in this final leg. That has been a great blessing. She is a Dubuque Franciscan, an RN who worked in hospice ministry the past 15 years in Mississippi. Could God do any better for me in my final days?
I will pray daily for you in this Holy Week. I miss the liturgies very much. I miss YOU very much. But I have such fond memories. I will try to continue updating my blog. But who knows how long I will be able to do that.
For the most part, pain has been kept in balance. But the medication makes me very tired and I do sleep a lot. But it is a peaceful and deep sleep. Eating is very difficult for me and I have lost a fair amount of weight. I am not complaining though. Things could be far worse.
Sunday, April 8 is Easter. The Des Moines Register will be publishing a story about death and resurrection. My understanding is that I am featured in it as an example of someone in the midst of this life-death-resurrection story. It should be interesting to read about such a personal aspect of one’s life, written by another individual.
Happy Easter 2012