Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Farewell to Mom

As I mentioned in my last post, we were out in Vancouver to visit my mom in September.  We found out from her hematologist during that visit that her myelodysplastic syndrome had morphed into full-blown leukemia and he warned us that she could go anytime.  Since returning home, my mom took a turn for the worse, and passed away on Oct. 23rd.

We weren't able to make it out to see her again, but were glad that we spent quality time with her in September.  We were also glad that she died as peacefully as one could hope given her condition. 

My sister wrote a beautiful tribute to her on her blog, but I'm afraid I don't have the words in me right now.  It's been an exhausting 2 weeks in Vancouver for mom's funeral service and burial, and to take care of various tasks that are necessary after someone's death.  I'm eternally grateful to my sister for being there to help dad through this time; I could never have taken care of everything (or anything) without her. 

There are a million things to catch up on at home too.  We've been away almost the entire autumn so far, and it's amazing how far one can fall behind.  Once I'm caught up, I'll post more vacation photos.

Hoping all of my blogging friends are keeping well!

"I may not have gone where I intended to go, but I think I have ended up where I needed to be." ~ Douglas Adams