|A wonderful Christmas with Mom & Terri|
My sister Terri did a lot in the last 5 years of Mom's life in taking her to appointments as I had previously. Terri had a better mind for comprehending and retaining the medical information. I would understand as they told me, but then it wouldn't make sense later.
Now, Terri is facing her own diagnosis of a Cystic Tumor on the surface of her brain. And, like Mom, she is facing it head on with a great attitude and complete trust in her Neurosurgeon (one of the best in his field).
Terri is the closet to me in age of all my siblings. We shared a room growing up, and now we share the responsibilities at the store. Although our teen years we rough (whose aren't? that surge of hormones & trying to determine boundaries with the world is not easy for anyone) we are very close now (as we are with the rest of the family - we are blessed that way!). I know this is difficult for the rest of the family, especially those who are not nearby. I remember from the years I lived so far away from most of the family.
I am trying my best to be strong & to keep an even keel at the store & home. Terri's surgery is tomorrow morning at 11. We are keeping the store open. Terri's husband will be at the hospital with her. The procedure should take nearly 3 hours. Dad & I will keep ourselves busy & act as the information hub for all of our family & friends.
This is the time I really wish Mom were here to talk to & hug & cry with. I know the tears don't help Terri, but they are cleansing for me.
If anyone reads this, thank you for reading it all as it rambled on.