Thursday, March 14, 2013
My mom and I went to a funeral today for a very dear lady. She lost her battle with cancer last week, her third time with dealing with this disease. She was a beloved member of our church, and before she retired in 1997, she was head librarian and a dean at the university in our town. We both saw the same oncologist; very often we shared a treatment room on chemo days. Her husband was always with her, and he is one of most kindest men I have ever known. He was so attentive to his wife; they were married 57 years when she passed away. You could tell when you saw them in public how very much they loved and cared for one another; one of the comments the pastor made in his eulogy was what a good example they were of what a marriage can be.
The church was crowded, and I had the feeling that people came not because of her position in the community and the university, but because they loved her. She was so very gracious and kind, and truly lived her faith. I am going to miss her so much; she always had a smile for me, and was always concerned with how I was feeling. She came from a big family also; she had 12 siblings, who all passed away before her, but left her with many nieces and nephews. She also had 4 children and 10 grandchildren.
We had to park quite a ways a way from the church. (It's a small congregation, so the parking lot was not built for such a large crowd). I was tired out from the walk to the car and back, but I am glad I went. I wanted to go to honor her memory, and for her family. There was a luncheon afterwards at the church, but we did not stay for that. There were just too many people and by then, my mom and I were both starting to feel worn out. I also figured it was better to let those who had to drive from out of town sit down and have a bite to eat before going back home.
I am glad I had this week off from chemo, that certainly made today easier for me.
To end on a happier note, I crossed 25,000 fitness minutes! The past 3 years it's been a struggle some of the time to find the energy and motivation, especially since I had to start chemo again in April 2010, and I'm still on it. Because of the damage the cancer and radiation did to my left hip, it's hard for me to exercise on my feet, so I had to find ways around that. I found that there was a lot I could still do within my limitations; there are chair aerobics, for example, and you can also do strength training while seated.