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Sunday, August 27, 2006
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My sister-in-law was diagnosed to have cancer of the breast in 2002 and she had to undergo treatments (chemotherapy and radiation therapy). Both made her experience a lot of discomforts and physical changes but she succesfully completed them with no complications at all. Then last May, she called to tell me she had mild nose bleeding and her blood pressure was up. Thought she was going to have a stroke so she went to the Emergency Room of our hospital and there the doctor ordered a CT Scan of her brain and blood tests. Scan result turned out negative and we were all very happy. The following day results of the blood test revealed highly elevated white blood cells so she was subjected to a bone marrow test. Results after a few days showed she had acute myelogenous leukemia. Her oncologist and hematologist told her that this is a very fast acting type and prognosis is very bad. After discussing the matter with her family and her priest counsellor, she decided not to go through any treatments or any medications anymore. She just prayed to God to take care of everything. During this time, the family went through a painful process of accepting her decision.

When she got out of the hospital last May 8, she developed high fever and lost her vision for almost two weeks. When she regained it, her sense of hearing followed. The laptop became our only means of communication since then. In the months that followed, God really answered her prayer because she never experienced any pain nor bleeding. The only thing that saddened us was that she was never able to get up from bed or even sit up because she was too weak. Because of her very strong relationship with God and the strong support of her family and friends, she bravely faced the dreaded disease that led to her peaceful passage to the afterlife at age 49 last August 23 at 12:25 am.



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24 Comments:


  • At 8/27/2006 9:24 PM, Blogger The Mistress of the Dark

    I'm so sorry for you and your family's loss. My prayers are with you. 49 is way too young to go to God.

     
  • At 8/27/2006 9:54 PM, Anonymous chelle

    hugs. I am very sorry for you and your family's loss. You are all in our thoughts and prayers at this very sad and tragic time :(

     
  • At 8/27/2006 10:50 PM, Blogger Jean-Luc Picard

    I'm so sorry for your tragic loss, Viamarie. My condolencies.

     
  • At 8/28/2006 2:09 AM, Blogger Maribeth

    I'm so sorry my dear. I send to you and your family my most heart felt condolances.
    Hold tight to each other and to your faith.
    Hugs!!!!

     
  • At 8/28/2006 2:04 PM, Blogger Meow

    I am so terribly sorry for your loss. You and your family are in my thoughts.
    Take care, Meow

     
  • At 8/28/2006 4:59 PM, Blogger Connie and Rob

    My sincere sympathy goes out to you and your family. Please know my thoughts and prayers are with you.

    Hugs,
    Connie

     
  • At 8/28/2006 6:07 PM, Anonymous Mrs Lifecruiser

    Oh, I'm so sorry to hear that sad news. Heartly condolencies from us.

    Cancer and leukemia are horrible diseases. If they only could come up with a cure soon. *sigh*

    Take care.

     
  • At 8/28/2006 7:43 PM, Blogger Reverberate58

    I am so sorry to hear your news. She was a very strong woman in faith and God took care of her. Now she is in his arms! This has been hard for you and my prayers go out to you and to your family at this time of loss. Take care.

     
  • At 8/29/2006 2:21 AM, Blogger Chelle Y.

    I am so sorry for your loss! One of my best friend's mom just died of colon cancer. I hate that dreaded disease!

    May God give you all the grace and comfort you need during this time!

     
  • At 8/29/2006 8:16 AM, Blogger Malinda777

    My condolences. She is in a better place, and is now an angel for us all.

    Be strong and know many think of you.

     
  • At 8/29/2006 11:44 PM, Blogger Lazy Daisy

    What a beautiful post about a woman of faith. May her life inspire others and please know my thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.

     
  • At 8/31/2006 2:36 AM, Blogger MysteriousLady

    I am so sorry for your loss. My she be in Gods arms. Free of pain and suffering, feeling perfect peace.

     
  • At 8/31/2006 8:33 PM, Blogger Chrixean

    It is indeed painful to lose somebody you love so dearly..... :(

     
  • At 9/01/2006 10:24 PM, Anonymous Chi

    What a sad loss for your family...please accept my heartfelt condolences.

     
  • At 9/02/2006 7:44 PM, Anonymous Dani

    I am so very sorry for your loss. Dani

     
  • At 9/02/2006 9:10 PM, Blogger Barbara

    I'm so sorry for your loss.

     
  • At 9/02/2006 10:32 PM, Blogger Pam

    Oh my. I send many hugs, prayers and healing thoughts to you and your family. I wish I could sit and hold your hand or comfort you in some way.
    ♥Pam

     
  • At 9/03/2006 6:37 PM, Blogger Viamarie

    To all you wonderful friends who expressed their sincere messages of sympathy either through my blog or through email, my warmest thanks. I am feeling better and I will start blogging tomorrow.

    Hope you all had a wonderful weekend!

     
  • At 9/03/2006 10:27 PM, Blogger Irish Church Lady :)

    Oh Viamarie. I am so sorry for your loss.

    My thoughts are with you during this difficult time.

    {hugs}

     
  • At 9/03/2006 10:36 PM, Blogger Paige

    I am so very sorry. I have no words of comfort to offer. Prayers still going up & a big hug to you and all the family.

     
  • At 9/03/2006 11:29 PM, Blogger OldOldLady Of The Hills

    I am deeply sorry to read of your Sister-In-Laws passing...I know this must be terribly hard for your whole family and I send my condolences to you all. My prayers are with you and your dear family.

     
  • At 9/04/2006 3:36 PM, Anonymous eph2810

    My heart goes out to you and your family. Lifting you up in prayers.

     
  • At 9/04/2006 9:17 PM, Blogger mar

    I am so sorry for this loss. I am not a religious person, Viamarie, but deeply admire those who are and those who have such strong beliefs...

     
  • At 9/05/2006 6:29 AM, Blogger Gail

    I'm sorry to hear about your lost. Last Januray 2006 I lost my sister-in-law to breast cancer. She was 38 years old. She had a kind and loving soul. Much to young to die. Left behind a 15 yr. old son and husband. My prayers are w/you.