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Grace in the face of adversity

Friday, July 12, 2013

My father called me yesterday to let me know that my aunt (his sister-in-law) had passed away. She was nearly 80 years old, and had cancer. A few months ago she stopped her chemotherapy treatments and told the doctor that she would "let nature take the course laid out for her". She didn't complain, she didn't ask "why me", or do anything most people with this diagnosis due. She just held her head high, tried treatment, and decided it was just time. This pretty much sums up who my aunt was.

All of my life I admired her. She was quiet and nonjudgmental. She was quick to laugh, and was never one for malicious gossip. She had such grace and dignity at all times. She used to have quite the adventures with my mother when they travelled to Canada together for family reunions. I'm reminded of the story of an ice cream Sunday that my mother had told me about on one of their trips. Apparently they didn't realize just how big these sundaes were and each ordered one. The entire table could have shared a single one of them, and all they could do was laugh when they came. My aunt's reaction was just a simple "Oh My!"

I wish her peace, and her children and husband comfort. She left quite a mark on this world, and I am proud to have had her in my life.
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