Goodbyes

bedside-tableAs of this writing, Amanda is continuing her care at the hospice’s in-patient facility. The doctors and nurses are working to keep her comfortable. The hospice staff makes adjustments to manage her pain and nausea on a daily basis.

Amanda has had several visitors and phone calls over the last few days. She’s enjoyed reminiscing about her childhood, college days, and professional career. At times, her energy wanes and brief conversations end as she nods off to sleep. Other conversations are more in-depth and filled with laughter or tears.

Last night, we discussed the anger, sorrow, and sadness expressed by those who love her. Those feelings are real, she said. But during her goodbyes, there is this constant piece of advice Amanda gives to family and friends as they grieve: Open your heart to God.

This blog entry was written by Amanda’s husband, Charles.

4 thoughts on “Goodbyes

  1. I LOVE YOU both so much. thank you for your blog post entries. The posting are truly beautiful and I can see God shine through you. You are both such a beautiful example I am so blessed to be part of your family here on earth and into eternity. ❤️ ❤️ Matthew 25:21 “His master replied, ‘Well done, good and faithful servant! You have been faithful with a few things; I will put you in charge of many things. Come and share your master’s happiness!’

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  2. Charles and Amanda,

    Thank you for sharing your stories and for educating all of us on a serious disease. You are both gifted writers and journalists. I hope the Medscape series brings new attention to this alarming trend of younger people becoming afflicted with colon cancer. Sending good thoughts and prayers to you and your daughter Eleanor. We are thinking of you every day.

    Jenny, Josh and Alex Lubell

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