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Once upon a time, I thought that the greatest love story I had ever seen was Bonnie and Clyde. Bonnie with her madness unquenched and wild, and Clyde with his undying love for her. Nothing, I had thought, could top that.
I was wrong.
The greatest love story is not one that is like that in the movies. It was a normal girl meets guy, says I am going to love him until I die, guy falls madly and blindly in love with a girl. Happily ever after. The end.
Except that the end is not they both die together holding hands peacefully in slumber, drifting painlessly away. Usually, it is one, watching mercifully, unable to do anything but dull the pain and ease the fears.
I have also watched, with my own eyes, people who deal with death on a daily basis and live these last moments every single day, sometimes more than one in a shift. I do not believe that they are normal people, human. I think they are true angles, sent from something that is more than you or I.
How are we supposed to love knowing that the end is undeniably near, no matter what stage we are in life? They say that living in the moment is best for your soul, so I suppose that is a start. But I have to tell you, my heart is broken for a man that I hardly even knew. And for his wife, who stood so very strong and was truly the pillar who held the family together.
You have read what I am about to say, and you will hear it again from another person. But if you hear one thing hear this: love who you love fiercely with every fiber of your being. If you don’t tell them today, tomorrow may be too late.
In the wake of everything I have seen in the last few weeks and months, I have seen what true love is all about. Linda and Richard, thru everything. Even the days where he knew nothing of what was going on, Uncle Dick remembered his wife’s face and voice. I have seen more arm hugs and sweet smiles from these two then I have from newlyweds. That says something.
Cancer sucks, and every day someone says the same thing, Can you tweet this next sentence? Cancer Sucks. In Memory Of Uncle Dick #CancerSucks.
I know this post is not typical of me or She’s a hot mess. Today though, life changed for my extended family. Thank you for bearing with me and listening to what I had to say.
Has cancer touched your family? Heres a big FU to cancer, on behalf of my family to you and yours.
Until next time
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