Saturday, September 13

A Visit with Aunt May and a few Awards

On Thursday afternoon when I was out and about, I decided to stop in and see Aunt May. My regular readers will know that Aunt May has bone cancer and spots have shown up in her head and also in her liver. The prognosis is not good.

Aunt May was told years ago she would never be able to have chemo because she suffers from a rare blood condition. All of her problems started when she was diagnosed with breast cancer five years ago. After taking radiation treatments and going for her cancer checkups, she was assured she was cancer free. Then, early in 2007, she began to experience terrible leg pain. The doctor told her it was sciatica. The pain continued to get worse as the months passed and in April 2007, she broke her leg when she turned.

Thus began six months of intense pain, surgery to rebuild a hip and radiation. She finally left the hospital in September but had to continue to have radiation treatments out of town. Then in April 2008, they found she had cancer in her head and in her liver. They told her she would have to have chemo and she told them that she was told she could never take it. They advised her that if she didn't have it she would die within two weeks. With it, she may live two months. That was six months ago and she is still going. Aunt May always was one who would prove the doctors wrong.

Thursday went I stopped for a visit, my mother was there. Aunt May is her sister. We had a nice visit and then Mom got ready to leave. I took a photo of Aunt May and Mom because I know that Aunt May doesn't have much time left. There may never be another opportunity for photos of these sisters. I don't have the photo to show you here, as it was taken on Mom's camera, but as soon as I get a chance, I will post it.

After Mom left, Aunt May confided that she almost wished it was all over. Her right leg gives her terrible pain constantly and now there is cancer in her spine. Sleep is hard to come by because the pain keeps her awake. She always was a petite woman, but she has lost a lot of weight. The cancer is progressing and recently the doctors told her that they have done all they can do. However, Aunt May is a fighter and not one to give up hope. She had another consultation at the cancer hospital today and I don't have that report as yet. I will let you know what they had to say.

I had a great visit with my favorite Aunt. I really hate to lose her but I can't wish for her to go on like she is now. I pray the Lord will take her home and relieve her pain and suffering. Please keep her in your prayers.

The award below was present to me by Hootin' Anni. This is what she said when she passed the award along to me:

Mary for her friendship and loving generosity.

Anni we are like two peas in a pod. We have a lot in common and I value your friendship. You are like a sister to me. I am honored to accept it.
According to Anni's blog, this is to be passed on to 8 blogging friends by paying it forward to those who have brought me laughter, joy and friendship through blogging. So here goes:

Amy at I Love Retro Things - Amy is my newest blogging friend and I look forward to getting to know her better.

Please accept this award with the love it is given and be sure to pass it on to 8 blogging friends. Though I don't always visit on a regular basis, I value each of you in a special way.

Mari at My Little Corner of the World presented me with the Kreativ Blogger Award. Thank you, Mari. I really appreciate it. Sorry it's taken me so long to post it.
I would like to present this award to all my blogging friends who are creative in any way. It doesn't matter if you knit, crochet, make web graphics or are a great cook. You are welcome to have this award.

Mike at Rambling Stuff thinks I'm an awesome blogger friend. Thank you, Mike. I really appreciate it.
I would like to present this award to the following people:
Hootin' Anni at Hootin' Anni's - Anni, you and I are like sisters . I value your friendship.

Pea at Pea's Corner - Pea and I are both from the same area and have met. Pea, I can hardly wait for us to meet up again. You and Steve are so much fun.

Denise from Samaritan Women - Denise inspires me in a special way.

Ann from Ancient One's Place - Ann, you were the first person to ever comment on my blog. We have been friends from day one. Thank you for your warm welcome and for your lasting friendship.

Denise from Edge of Design - Denise, I value your friendship.

Jeni from Down River Drivel - Jeni, we have much in common and I value your friendship.

Carolyn at Talk to Grams - Your stamina and your positive attitude toward life is a real inspiration.

Mary Isabella at Daisy Bouquet - You are one of my regulars and I always enjoy visiting with you. Kiley, you are also included here. Please take a copy for your blog.

Paula at On a Rainy Night - I always enjoy visiting with you. We share a love of farm and reading.

Denise at Shorty Bear's Place - Denise, you were one of my first blogging friends. Thank you for your lasting friendship.

Mari at My Little Corner of the World - Mari, I always enjoy visiting with you. Thank you for being a regular visitor to my blog.

I have so many other blogging friends and the list could go on and on, but I will leave it at ten for now. Please accept this award with the love it is given and pass it along to others.

Jojo at My Random Insantities gave the following award to all of her visitors. Thank you Jojo, I really appreciate it.

There are no rules that come with this award, so I would like to present it to everyone who visits me, just as Jojo did. So many of you inspire me when I visit your blogs and you all are most deserving.

Thank you to everyone who has present me with an award. I love to display them on my awards pages. All of you are great blogging friends and you mean a lot to me. Though I may not visit as often as I would like, I value your friendship.

In other news, Meeko has been invited to join Rusty's Squirrel Patrol by Rusty at Chasing Squirrles with Rusty. Thank you so much, Rusty. Meeko is honored.

Enjoy your weekend and take some time out to enjoy the sights, sounds and fragrances of the season. ~Blessings, Mary~


  1. Congrats on all of your awards sweetie, thanks for passing them on. I am keeping dear aunt May in my prayers. I love you.

  2. I just love your heart!
    Thank you for remembering me...I have really enjoyed meeting you and getting to know you.
    This blogging has enabled us to form relationships that we would probably not have had the opportunity for if we lived in the same area. God is so good.
    I will be praying for your family and your Aunt. I know this has to be so hard. I remember this time with Paw Paw. Not wanting the person to go...but not wanting them to stay in the pain they are in. I know it hurts.
    Love ya girl...and I am praying.

  3. I'm glad you like the award that I gave you. Congrats on the other ones. I will keep your Aunt May in my prayers. When my Mom was dianosed with lung cancer it took her quickly. she was given 6 months to live and she lasted only a month after the dianosis. Now I will leave with this A big Hug,You will be in my prayers as well as your Mom.

  4. Wow Mary, Congrats on all your awards!! You deserve them. Have a great weekend:)

  5. Congrats on your awards girl friend and thank you for the sweet award sent to me.... You are a precious friend to me and I value you very much..... I have been here on the blog for just over a year now and I am amazed at what the Father has done for me with ladies like you...... Love you lots and will email tomorrow.....

  6. Mary........ I needed to mention Aunt May...... we have talked over the month regarding her and I want you to know that I will change how I pray and that God will grant her entry into HIS kingdom without further pain and suffering..... It is hard to pray for people at this point and bless her heart it sounds like she is quite the fighter.... God is watching and HE loves her more than you do....... so I pray that HE turns HIS gaze toward her and calls her name......... Love ya

  7. Thanks so much for the sweet awards! Congrats on your award!!! Thanks for your kind words!! I appreciate you so much!!
    I will be praying for your Aunt May. Love, Grams

  8. Congrats on all those awards. Lots of people love you! Thanks for remembering me. I'll pray for your Aunt May. Bone cancer is so painful. I just posted a request for my SIL who also has breast cancer that has spread.

  9. Dearest Mary,

    I'm so glad that you were able to go visit with your aunt. I think it was an excellent idea to take a picture of your mom and your aunt together! Having told you about my dad, I can understand why you can't wait for the Lord to take your aunt home...having to watch a loved one suffer like that is so hard.

    Congratulations on all your well deserving awards and thank you so much for passing some on to me. Your friendship means the world to me and like you, I can't wait until we meet again:-) We're trying to plan to get away in October, near my birthday, so will let you know!!

    Much love to you my friend. xoxo

  10. awww thank you so much Mary :-)

  11. Congratulations on your awards and thanks for including me to receive one.

    I will pray for your Aunt May. It is hard to hear of her pain, but somehow it is good to hear that she's such a fighter. As someone else has said, God loves her. God's Will Be Done.

    I count you as one of my best blogging buddies. I've loved keeping up with the "going ons" around your part of the world and feel as if I know you and your grandsons personally. I know how much you love them.

  12. Both my parents and several other family members and friends have had and/or died of cancer, so I know what your family is going through with your aunt's illness, Mary. My thoughts, love and prayers go out to you all.

    Congrats on all the awards you've received, and thank you for passing them on.

    Hope your weekend is a good one! :o)

    Love and hugs,


  13. Ar Mike G.'s request I have added your aunt to my daily prayer list.

    May God be with you all.

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  15. It's so sad to watch a loved one suffer as you are now with your Aunt May. I imagine your mother suffers too...with heartache. There is most always a special bonding with sisters of the heart.

    Your really hit pay dirt girlfriend with awards. Doesn't that make you feel super!?!! I know you ARE super. And there is no doubt that you're deserving of them all.

    Thanks for passing the special one you rec'd from Mike to me. I love it.

    Well, as of 6 AM [I've been awake since 2AM watching the hurricane hit Houston on TV -can't help but wonder about Erik's home and if there is flooding or other damage] we still have power, so I'm perusing the 'net and visiting with my friends.

    Hope your day is grand.

    [And congrats to Meeko too!!!]

  16. So sorry to hear about Aunt May. She sounds like a real fighter. I will pray for her-especially for rest and peace for her and her family.

    Congrats on all your well deserved awards. You do a super job and I always enjoy my visits here. And I am truly honored you thought of me when passing the award along. It just thrills me to know you enjoy visiting my blog and understand what I'm doing there. I am thankful we met and have become "Bloggy Friends" Mary you are a true inspiration to me.

  17. I’m glad you & your mom were able to visit with your aunt … take the photo … and I so relate to your feelings having been there so many times myself with ill loved ones. You’re all in my prayers. Congratulations on all of your well deserved awards and I’ll look forward to visiting those you passed it along to as time permits. Thanks for sharing the Kreativ Blogger award (including ‘web graphics’ in your list for I’m so relieved to have finally learned to to this thing myself) and the Inspiration Award too. I’ll enjoy passing them along in the next few days as I shared your Autum Friends Award today at Small Reflections. I feel so blessed by the inspiration and assistance you've provided to so many …
    Meeko’s award is VERY ‘kewl’ too ;--)
    Hugs and blessings,

  18. There are so many many people that you could give these awards too..It looks like you and I read some of the same bloggers which always seems to happen with all of us. Congrats on all the awards.
    So sorry to hear about your Aunt. It must be awful to see her in such pain.


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  20. Thank you, Mary, for visiting Nick’s Bytes. I am a disabled ordained minister of the United Church of Christ; praying for others is one way I can continue my ministry since I am seldom able to leave my home.

    Blessings to you and yours.

  21. Thank you for thinking of me Mary! I consider you a new treasure in my heart too.

  22. I'm so sorry to learn of your Aunt's illness. Bless her heart. It must be awful to watch her hurting like that.
    Praying for your whole family

  23. Mary,

    I'm sorry that your Aunt May is in such terrible pain. I hope that the new consult will bring good news. At the very least, I hope the new doctor will treat her pain. Here in the US, doctors are reluctant to treat pain even in terminal cancer patients for fear of making them addicted. That is so totally ridiculous. Aunt May is in my thoughts and prayers.

    Congratulations on all those wonderful awards!! You certainly deserve each and every one. And congrats to Meeko, too! I bet he gets those squirrels running for the nearest tree in a big hurry. This made me think of Oscar. He doesn't usually pay much attention to squirrels, but it's a different story with chipmunks! LOL

    Love and hugs,

  24. Congratulations on all your awards, you so deserve them.

    I had to start a new blog. It doesn't rain but it pours. Someone must have been trying to use my blog and I am now locked out of the old one. Sighs.... Oh well I am up and running on a new one. So I guess that everything works out in the end.

    Might have to update your blog roll, sorry to cause a problem.

    God bless.

  25. Congratulations on the awards, Mary!

    Thanks for visiting me earlier in the week.

  26. Oh, sweet Mary...I am so sorry for your favorite aunt and sorry that you will have to face losing her. But you are so kind and thoughtful when you say you can't wish her to go on like this. I will add all of you to my ever growing prayer list and you, of all people,my friend, know that prayer is the most powerful thing we can do!

    So many thanks for thinking of me and awarding me with this awesome award. I am just thrilled to death and will display it proudly.

    love and many blessings, bj

  27. So sorry about your Aunt May pain. I'll say pray for your aunt and for your family.

    Your wonderful writer and I enjoy reading your blog.
    Congrats on those awards.

    Coffee is on.

  28. Keeping your Aunt May and your entire family in my prayers for these hard times and those to come. What a blessing for you to share her childhood memories!
    Congratulations on your awards and thank you so much for passing them on to all of us. Your's is certainly one of my favorite sites and I have so enjoyed getting to know you. Such fun to share books and thoughts!

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