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  • It’s just amazing how easily things are coming together for Mom’s care, here. Even more amazing is how she maintains her good spirits and her incredible grace as she struggles through her pain, discomfort and difficulties breathing. As my sister Mary said last month in an e-mail when she was down here caring for Mom – there are no “Good Days” for her anymore. There are better days. But, everyday is a struggle to get through. Sleeping a lot helps, but this is a proud, highly intelligent lady, and while she has accepted her lot, she doesn’t necessarily like it. Yet, she rarely complains.

    I am in awe of her spirit and her courage in the face of what she is staring down, here. She is completely unafraid of what lies ahead. Her greatest fears are what the journey from where she’s at, to where she’s going, is going to be like. But, for the most part, she manages to stay in the now, and deal with what’s right in front of her. The Hospice folks have really stepped right up, and done everything in their power to put Mom at ease, and make her feel comfortable and assured that they’re going to give her the absolute best possible care, here in her home, as she makes this final journey. They are a real blessing.

    My siblings, and my son and my wife, have all stepped up, and have provided assurance that there will be someone here with Mom from this day forward, throughout this journey. It won’t all fall on any one’s shoulders. Brother Chris is putting together the schedule. We will share the journey with her, every step of the way.

    I had some concerns about how my boss at work would take the news that I will be staying here until early August. Her level of understanding and support just floored me, when I spoke with her this morning about it. Kathy had told me that she could stay next week, allowing me to go to this big meeting in Dallas next week that I really ought to be at. Even though the boss said they could deal without me there , Kathy thinks I should go, and will do her part to make it possible. As long as I can fly out and back from down here, and not have to drive back and forth to DC, and fly out and back from there, it could work. The boss said, “No problem, either way.” So, I have options on that one. It’s just all falling together. Almost effortlessly.

    I remember it was kind of like this with Dad, too. The level of support and help that came from all corners and literally right out of the woodwork, was stunning. It’s happening again. This is taking on a life of its own, and I’m just rolling with it, thrilled to be able to play a role in making things work better for simply the most amazing lady I have known in my lifetime, and I have known some pretty amazing ones.

    It’s kind of like watching a brilliant sunset, being here with her now. How beautiful!
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