It was just before my 7th birthday when I first understood the word cancer. The year was 1986 and my Grandma Betty had come to live with us so she could be closer to the town where she received her daily chemotherapy treatments.
My Grandma Betty (left) was a daughter, mother, grandmother, and friend. She loved to write poetry, work in her garden, and play puzzles and board games that would challenge her mind.
Cancer sent my Grandma Betty to Heaven much earlier than any of us had planned on. She was 49 years old when we lost her. 26 years later, I miss her still.
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When Grandma Betty passed away, she was in the middle of reading a novel called Tara's Song by Barbara Ferry Johnson. She never got to finish it, but my Mom did. While she was reading it, she came across this passage that Grandma had underlined:
"Nothing had been changed by my presence. Or had it? Maybe a pebble, lying for years in the same spot, had been dislodged and now being carried down to the sea by the stream. Here and there, underwater flora had been disturbed, bent down by my feet. Was a person the same way? On the surface appearing unaltered, moving along as always, with no apparent difference in character, but underneath changing from day to day because of encounters with people and events?"
My Grandma's short life on this Earth made a huge impact to those who knew her and came after her. I can only imagine what my life would be like if she were still here.
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