The end is near...

cooljeff

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Hello OSA family. I've resisted posting this because it's painful, but many of you amazing people have contributed money to support my momma a while back on the go fund me I set up for her and my dad. We were trying to help them through some expenses and loss of income while she battled her colon cancer. Sadly in the last few weeks since then, things have gone downhill very quickly. We have been working day and night for the last few weeks trying to get her house set up and accessible to her wheelchair and make it easy to get around and get her into her chair, bed and car as she has become completely non-ambulatory. We finally got her patient lift fitted to work in the truck to get her in and out and finally be able to go back to Cancer Centers of America in Tulsa for treatments, but after she got there, they said they couldn't do chemo again until the wounds on her abdomen healed. Fast forward to a few days ago and on the way to her gastric Dr. appointment she slipped off her electric wheelchair and ended up back in the hospital. They quickly ran tests and confirmed that the cancer had spread now to her liver, lungs, lymph nodes and around her heart. Here we are, just out of options as nothing more can be done. She came home with my wife and I on hospice and now we sit with her every minute to give her comfort and relieve any pain and just ask Jesus to ease her into the next life. I am so beyond broken because my momma has always been the closest thing I've ever seen to an angel from heaven. She only gives to others, she only cares about others carrying on with thier lives. God brings me comfort tonight though, as she has smiled many times as she is my closer to the end and she's told me that she can see her momma and daddy and my aunt and uncle that have all passed and she is ready to be with them. I told the biggest lie ever told to my momma, I told her it's OK to let go and I want her to be with her family. It's only a partial lie though, because I do want her to have peace and no pain, but I'm not ready to let go. Anyways, it's late friends and I'm exhausted and stressed and broken hearted, but I'm also encouraged. Sorry for the long post, but I just wanted to get that off my chest and tell you all that this is the best site with the best members I've ever been a part of and I am so thankful for you all. I just ask once last thing. Please pray for my dad, he is losing his best friend and long time companion. This is going to be a difficult and lonely journey for him in the next few days and I pray God's peace be upon him. Thank you all.
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It's a terrible time to go through for you but your mom will be with her family in her next life. I've always imagined my mom and dad sitting on the edge of a cloud in heaven looking down on us while they were holding hands.
Its comforting to know she is with family while she is still on this earth. Some don't have that option.
 

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I've watched my father, a former boss and a brother in blue go thru the different stages of cancer. Dad had prostate cancer, while John and Dickie both had pancreatic. Dickie lasted about 3 or 4 months. John only 3 weeks. My dad fought the good fight for about 2 years, but it finally took him as well.

The ugly truth is, none of us get out of this crazy world alive. A demise lies for each and every one of us. What happens to you AFTER you leave this world is entirely up to you. I'm pretty sure all three of those men I just named were born again Christians. Nobody really knows what's in a man's heart except for him and the Almighty.

I also lost a brother in law back in March, but his wasn't cancer related. The reason I mentioned him is because he was so scared to die. I asked him if he believed in the death, burial and resurrection of Jesus Christ. He said he did. I also told him it was a foolish thing to fear the inevitable. We all gotta face that burden someday. He seemed to let go and relax little easier after that and after I prayed with him. I know I felt better on his behalf, anyway.

As for your dear momma...all you (and us) can do is offer up a prayer for her...

Our God, creator and heavenly Father, we love you and we thank you for the free pardon of sin and all the blessings you have given us in our lives. We thank you for Jesus Christ. Your only begotten son, who was beaten, tortured, mocked, ridiculed, stripped of his clothing and dignity. Then made to carry a cross made from a heavy tree to Calvary, while wearing a crown of thorns and being spat upon. Then, as he arrived, he was nailed to that cross, crucified and killed. But He arose on the third day and promised us all eternal life when we leave this world, if we only believe in him. Lord, we present to you this beautiful lady. Please welcome her into your kingdom with open arms and hold her as you both walk the streets of glory. Lord, we also pray that you be with Jeff and the rest of his family, as they are left behind with the absence of their loved one. Give them the strength needed to carry on without her. They will always have her in their hearts. Please forgive us for our many sins, lead, guide and direct us in our daily lives. In the name of Christ we ask, and for his sake...Amen.

Good luck, Jeff. And God bless. :comfort:
 
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