Since April 2019, Grammy Cynthia was growing thinner. Being her strong-headed self, she just continued her life as she knew to be normal; caring for an older woman named Charlotte, working in the yard, grocery shopping, and making her rounds visiting family.
On October 2nd, we found out she was living her day-to day with Stage 4 Pancreatic Cancer.
We were devastated to hear the news, because pancreatic cancer has a 5% survival rate. We're at a loss because we have no idea how her doctor missed this.
I went home that weekend from UMass to spend some time with her. I'm SO thankful I did, it was the last time I spoke with her.
Last Wednesday, Gram had a stroke. When emergency personnel brought her in for the CAT Scan, they saw how the cancer had spread to her brain, causing the sudden stroke to wipe out her motor skills and speech.
I was able to square away things at school and drive home Thursday for the long weekend to be with my family. I spent the night in the hospital with Dad, and watched as nurses tended to her throughout the sleepless night. (Nurses, you're all heroes. I could never do what you do.)
Gram, being one of the strongest women I've ever met, managed in her unconsciousness to live until her 78th birthday yesterday.
This morning, she passed peacefully in her home surrounded by her family.
We're thankful for her strength, the love she gave us, her support at all of our concerts, recitals, birthdays, holidays, and family events. We're thankful she didn't have to endure cancer treatments. We're thankful she passed relatively quickly and that she wasn't in pain in the last days of her life.
My heart is heavy. It's not going to be the same...love your family...they're all you have. God bless her. F*ck cancer. 10/13/19
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