Tomorrow marks 7 weeks since my close friend was diagnosed with leukemia (AML), the fastest type of leukemia. The doctors gave her one to four weeks. She has fought valiantly to stay strong, to be able to get up and move around, spend time with her family as well as her church family – of which I am a part.
Last night, after services, I went to the house to visit. She had no strength, couldn’t even lift her head off the pillow. Part of the reason was that she had been up to be bathed. That her strength was spent was so obvious. Yet she held on when I held her hand as we talked. She apologized for not being able to sit up – always thinking of others.
Such an amazing lady. She has been like an older sister, and sometimes mother figure, to me these past 18 years. Her death will have an incredible impact on our church family. Her declining health has proven that.
Even though I hate the fact that we are losing her, I am equally happy that she will have no more pain. She is going to a perfect place where others of her family, including her daughter, have gone before. The loss of her oldest daughter changed her and the loss of Miss Donna will profoundly change those of us who will miss her every day!