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It's All Good

Posted 02-08-2023 at 03:29 PM by LookinForMayberry

My sister, living in north FL, was recently diagnosed with glioblastoma (GBM), an aggressive brain cancer with a very, very low survival percentage WITH surgery and radiation. She's not yet 62, and until a few months ago, an active member of her community, General Manager of a popular restaurant, and loved by her many friends, co-workers, bosses, landlord, etc.

On Jan 14th, she drove herself to the ER near her home, though she didn't know why, and didn't remember getting herself there. Eight days in ICU, and four more days in a room waiting for the biopsy of the mass in her brain to come back, and her previous life is over.

Now, she is living with her daughter and daughter's bf, with her dog, on hospice care. I've had a few phone calls with her during this unfolding event. She is amazing to me.

She is at peace with this change of circumstances. She is happy for the outpouring of love that comes to her throughout this situation, and feels blessed by the life she's lived -- and it has not been an easy life. This morning she texted me that despite the rain, it was sunny outside and she was delighted by how the sun shone through the rain drops lingering on tree branches outside her window.

Here I am, outside Seattle, with the sun shining, and I have to admit, it is a blessing.

How easy it is for us to find troubles in our comparatively untroubled lives. Having my baby sister show me the beauty in a rain drop, while I am staring into the dark abyss of my life without her -- it's a lesson.

If she can be at peace, how is it that I cannot? I am looking at life without her, but she is looking at rainbows, raindrops, exploring galaxies beyond.

She's been doing this all the years of her life: showing me how to manage in an unmanageable world. Showing me how to let go of what is, for what can be. My baby sister, teaching me right up to the very end.

It's All Good.

Let this be a lesson for us all.
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