That expression when it rains it pours is really proving to be true in our lives right now. A mere 3 weeks after Danie left us, my stepfather was also taken from us. I am truly hating cancer right now.
My stepfather was diagnosed with prostate cancer a few years back. We had hope that they could do something about it but unfortunately last December we were told that the cancer had reached his bones and there was nothing that could be done. We were crushed.
We embraced our faith and made the most of the time we had left with him. We spent Christmas day in the hospital with him and every Sunday after that was dedicated to him. Even when we had other plans on Sunday, we made it a point to stop by and visit him afterwards. Both my sisters took leave of absence from work and stayed at home with him full time. It was up and down in terms of health for the past five months until about May when things really went downhill.
He was in so much pain and there was nothing that could help with the pain other than constant drip of morphine. Unfortunately the morphine also numbed him. He just kept deteriorating everyday until the good Lord ended his misery and made him an angel about 10 days ago.
Though we are heartbroken about this loss, we are thankful that he didn't have to suffer very long. We are thankful for the time that we got to spend with him, we are thankful for all the things that he got to see and enjoy, and we are thankful that he is not in pain anymore.
My stepdad was a great man. He married my mom almost 20 years ago and changed our lives for the better. He treated us with love, care and truly embraced us like his own children. I thank God for putting such a great man in our lives. He guided us through College and so many life decisions. We were blessed to have this surrogate father in our lives.
With both my dads during the rehearsal before the wedding, my stepfather is on the right
My brother and John hanging out at the Nursing home