In my post ‘Phone Calls‘, I wrote the following –
So, the news of my cancer spreading and growing was received on a Friday; and Saturday Gary made a couple of calls.
He called my twin sister and he called my stepmom. Why call these two family members?
My stepmom is the caretaker of my dad who has Parkinson’s Disease. My dad’s health has deteriorated a great deal in the past couple of years.
At times, it is very difficult to understand his speech and because of the medications he is on; he sleeps a lot. My stepmom has been a part of the family for over 30 years and is in contact with my siblings. Gary knew in talking with her, she in turn would talk with my siblings.
My twin sister, being the only female sibling, has a close relationship with my mom – they live in the same city. Gary did not want to call my mom directly as he was concerned about upsetting her, plus a sensitive matter was to be discussed and Gary felt it coming from her daughter, my twin sister would be better received from mom.
In today’s post, I write the following –
Do you remember Father’s Day weekend? My 3 sons surprised me with a visit that weekend. It was an emotional weekend for all of us as we chatted about my current health situation.
I was honest with them and they know the seriousness of my cancer and the ways it is invading my body and what we are doing to fight back. They saw me at my worse; just a shell of a man who is weak, but still strong. You can read more about our special weekend in my post ‘Father & Sons‘.
A couple of weeks after my son’s visit, my dad and stepmom came to visit. They spent a week and I had many special moments with my dad, moments I will not forget. You can read more about their visit in my post ‘Chats, Tears & Love‘.
Do I have other family members coming to visit? Well, since you asked –
This coming Friday, my twin sister and my mom will be visiting. Another important visit I am looking forward to because my mom and I are close. I have written many posts about the importance she is to me. This will be an emotional visit because my mom, she worries like most moms do and I think she feels helpless.
My sister and I are twins and therefore we have a special bond. I believe if that bond were broken in anyway, there would be a great loss there. My sister has revealed to me she is heartbroken and upset.
This weekend I will have special visits with special family members; both have been important to me throughout my life and especially now.