November 9, 2003

Sunday. Today has been the hardest day of my life. This morning at 8:28 am, my mother lost her long and hard battle with lung cancer. I haven’t felt that I was to talk about this fight on SGL over the past several years but now I find that this is probably the best way to let everyone know what is going on in my life. This past week has been so hard for all of us. After the wedding, five weeks ago yesterday, mom began deteriorating very quickly. It was obvious to all of us that she worked very hard to be able to make it to the wedding; it really meant a lot to her and to us to have her there. This final week she has been very scared of suffication and has had to have been on medication to keep her from panicing.

We were all very glad that Min and I had made the decision to postpone our honeymoon, we would have been on the plane just about landing in Florida when mom passed away. We wouldn’t have spent the entire day flying without even getting to leave the airport and we wouldn’t have been able to spend the day with the family. It was important that we were there to be with dad and everyone. We are hoping to take our honeymoon either in December or in February. We haven’t decided what we are going to try to do yet. We will know soon, I think. There are no funeral arrangements yet, that will be decided tomorrow morning so I will let everyone know then what is going on. A lot of my family is planning on coming in from Ohio so it will probably be late in the week.

I just want to let everyone know how much their support has meant to me and to Min over the past few years as we have gone through this. You all mean so much to us.

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