When cancer hit, he was there and has continued to stand by my side through all the appointments, surgeries, treatment, and when I was down, he was by my side. The man has the patience of Job and I couldn't have picked a better partner but I do totally admit that it was not always an easy road. I often had to stop and reinforce positive inspiration into what sometimes felt like a closed road, which I readily admit was me closing the door. Now at this stage of our lives, I couldn't be more happy, content, and fulfilled. My kids are grown and I do hear and see them but their lives have gone on. We are down to Pa and I and the two dogs and cat. We don't have to work to entertain each other, we just do. We laugh more than we cry and we cherish even the quiet moments. I am positive he will always be by my side and I know whatever path my health takes, that he will be involved. I have seen couples and family that struggled and worked so hard to deal with the difficulties that lie ahead and the time and effort that was lost during this period, was precious time that they could have held each other up. If facing a rocky road, I ask that you take a week, or two and work on turning your negative thoughts into positive and never underestimate what being positive can bring to you.
I have had returning patients come into the facility that say, you are always smiling, how do you do that? My answer is that I chose to be happy. I have a choice every day to make it a good day and so I pass that legacy to you. Trust me, there are many of us buried in alligators but we look around and decide which would make the best looking purse and shoes. Now this all didn't just happen overnight, I have been working at this for 61 years and I am not always spot on but I more often than not can find a laugh, a