Thursday, September 15, 2011
Welcome to The Tool Recyclers
I see it has been a while since we last visited, come on in and make yourself at home!!!!
We have had ourselves a pretty busy year taking care of family illness. Our year started the same way it left off with my mother being ill and in and out of the hospital between having double pneumonia and then a series of heart attacks. She is recovering now and is feeling quite a bit better, but she gave us all quite a scare. We are now waiting for more testing to see if the breast cancer has returned ( I pray it hasn't,as she has been through so much in her lifetime) she has been cancer free for 20 years and I'm hoping that what they saw is the scarring from the pacemaker/defibrillator she had to have this year.While talking to her she said she's not going to worry about it because she doesn't feel there is anything wrong like she did the first time she was told she had breast cancer and then 6 months later when she was told she had uterine cancer. She told me then what she has told me through everything this year she was going to be around for very long time, (she keeps telling me at least 90 but she's really shooting for 100 ). She sure is one tough cookie!!!!She has put all her faith in the Lord and she says he will see her through, just like the last time!!!!!
Cancer in any form can and does affect the whole family,not just the person that has been diagnosed. The many emotions that run through the families can take a toll. Let alone the financial aspects of this horrible disease, some insurances cover certain aspects but what is left over is up to the family to pay (out of pocket cost) it can drain your savings and you still may not be able to pay for all the treatments. I knew of someone who refused the treatments for his cancer because he could not afford them I do not have to tell you the outcome, he said to me even with the treatments there is no guarantee that they will work, so why should I leave such a heavy burden on my family? He was a very loving husband and father, he left behind a wife and four young children. In his mind he was doing the right thing, the only thing that bothered him was he wasn't going to see his children grow up or be there when they needed the support of their dad!!!!! His only comfort was that he wasn't going to leave them with a financial burden that even he couldn't afford!!!!!!
This is only a couple of my experiences with this dreadful disease, I have others but these are 2 of them that hit really close to the heart!!!!
I admire my mother for being who she is and not letting things take her strength away and her deep belief in The Creator as she says he is the only one that knows when your time is up!!!!
I also admired my Uncle for his love to his family and stepping up to help mom raise us after our father had died, Uncle Jim I will never forget your sacrifices for your family, I love you even though you are no longer with us physically I know you are still with us spiritually!!!!!!