Our Mom was diagnosed with rectal cancer Aug. 27, 2014. She lost her battle Dec. 17, 2015. We are participating [in Get Your Rear in Gear – Tinley Park] because you don’t hear much about rectal cancer and for our Mom. This is what she would want us to do.
Colon cancer runs in my mother’s family, so her doctor would do a ultrasound periodically to check her colon. Ultrasounds don’t see the rectum; and there is where the monster was spreading. It metastasized to her liver, lungs, abdomen, and then her bones.
She started radiation, which made the cancer mad. Radiation didn’t do what it was supposed to do. Then December 2014 (still dealing with the pain from radiation) Mom had an extensive surgery over Christmas. We spent it in the hospital with her. But my Mom ALWAYS stayed positive. Made lemonade out of those lemons she was dealt.
Mom had many passions in her life. One her family, from her children, grandchildren, to her great grandbabies. She made quilts for all, which was another one of her passions. She loved to show her horses and win. Canning was another, she made some great jams, beans, you name it. She also had a passion for travel. Mom traveled from coast to coast with my Dad. He showed her the oceans to the mountains.
Mom loved life, and everyone that met her loved her. She was very giving, loving, and she sewed our family together tight. She made us who we are. Mom will always be with us. We are a product of her.
Words to describe our mother would be beautiful, courageous, strong, spunky, and always giving her all.
When the cancer was winning mom was still positive. We would lay in bed watching TV, laughing, and talking about life. She would say, “I’m here another day to say ‘I LOVE YOU’!”
I cannot say enough about our Mother. Wife. Nana. She was everything to this family. Our hearts are still broken and will always be. No one can fill her tiny but mighty shoes. We do this for MOM.
Survived by: Raymond (Husband)
Troy (son) Dolores
Tracy (Daughter) Gus
Tammy (Daughter) Dave
10 Great Grandbabies
1 on the way!