Wednesday, September 8, 2010

Joys & Sorrow


I sometimes think that sorrow fits along side of joy to remind us to cherish those times when we are happy and all is right with the world. That's my soon to be daughter in law and that's the first look at the wedding dress when she was trying them on a month ago.  Doesn't she look happy?  It's safe to post a photo now. My son left Afghanistan sometime last night. He may be in Germany by now, maybe not. But he's on his way home for two weeks and in time for the wedding. It's coming up so fast. Just a week from Saturday. We had such a wonderful time last weekend with Tammy and her daughter finalizing wedding plans. Miss Alyssa, who is nearly 3, has my husband completely wrapped around her little finger. It was an absolute joy to see them together playing catch and escaping the pillow monster.

I got a phone call this afternoon from my mom's friend. He and his wife take such good care of her. It's a blessing to have people like them in our lives when we live so far away. He takes mom to her doctors appointments an hour away from where they live. Seems that they've discontinued mom's cancer treatment. It's not working anymore. It all looked so promising just 2 months ago when the metastases that had recurred were gone after 6 months of treatments. A PET scan sometime in the next week will tell us more.

Mom was diagnosed with metastatic breast cancer 8 years ago at about this same time of year.  The outlook was not good. But some radiation treatment and a new cancer drug and a year later all of the metastases had gone. She was cancer free for 7 years. She's had quite a good run.

Now we will wait and see.

16 comments:

sharon said...

I wish you all the love and joy there is LeAnn. This is such a gorgeous photo of your soon to be daughter in law.....it exudes joy and warmth and happiness, and I hope you carry that with you always.
I am sending all my prayers for your mom...and I always carry you in my heart my dear friend.

kelleysbeads said...

Tammy looks gorgeous in her wedding dress. Safe travels home to your son.

My prayers are with your mom and your family to keep your patience and peace while waiting for those test results. All my best to you

Gardanne said...

life is sweet and short, tammy does look wonderful and i am so glad you will see your son soon.

Judy said...

I am so glad you have this blessed event coming up and you will soon hug your boy.
I am terribly sorry to hear that your Mom is not doing well. I will keep her in my thoughts. Hugs to you!

stregata said...

My prayers are with you, LeAnn!

Courtney said...

Your soon to be daughter in law is radiant! Congratulations on that. I am sorry about your mom. You are in my prayers.

Katie said...

She looks great in that dress, and it's wonderful that your son is safe and sound and on his way home for the wedding!

And I really am so sorry to hear about your mom - breast cancer (and any cancer, really) is awful...Will she be well enough to go to your son's wedding? Hope all goes well with the PET scan!

*hugs*

TesoriTrovati said...

You are absolutely right that you have to have the sorrow to appreciate the joy. I am sorry that the pendulum is swinging so wildly for you. But I also believe that God does not give us more than we can handle. Stay strong. Stay positive. Stay happy. I will be thinking and praying for you!
Enjoy the day.
Erin

SharonP said...

I am praying for your mother to beat the cancer. Seven years clean is remarkable, may she have another clean bill of health very soon.

Congratulations on gaining a beautiful daughter-in-law and granddaughter, have a lovely time at the wedding!

Beverly Herman said...

LeAnn my prayers are with you, your Mom and your family.

maryharding said...

What an emotionally filled time for you. My thoughts are with you in joy and sorrow. I am sure you will live every minute of it fully.

Barbara Lewis said...

LeAnn, You expressed the feelings of joy and sorrow so well ... for the lump I feel in my throat feels just the same no matter whether it is joy or sorrow that creates it. You've got the joy of new members being added to your wonderful family and the sorrow of your mother's condition. Take plenty of hankies wherever you go ... you're sure to need them. My prayers for you and your family.

Janet said...

What a beautiful bride! You have alot on your plate right now Bless you. When my heart is so full at times and I am so overwhelmed in a difficult situation the only thing I know to do is to take it to the Lord. He is the beginning and the end. I rejoice in this time of happiness for you and will pray too that God will give you strength as well. I will be thinking of you too!
Janet ox

mairedodd said...

the bittersweet of life - again and again and again... one beautiful bride to be... and i am so sorry about your mom ... waiting is so hard to do... thinking of you - xo

Marsha Neal Studio (Marsha's Garden Blog, Marsha Minutella) said...

The good news and the bad do seem to come together sometimes. I am saddened to hear about your mother's cancer situation. It is never easy trying to figure out the right path to take when dealing with something so uncooperative and unpredictable. Spending time with family and treasuring all those moments you have and memories you are making are so important… My heart goes out to you and your family in all that is going on - good and bad.

Pretty Things said...

Lots of thoughts coming your way....