When my Dad was diagnosed with colon cancer a couple of weeks ago it was a shock to the system…particularly his system but those shocks were felt throughout the family and circle of supporters.
I showed you a video of me and Dad the morning of his surgery and our walk together…me in Chris’ shoes and Dad wearing Chris’ trucker hat.
The surgery went well, but just as Dad was to be released yesterday, the Docs found some leakage and fluid in the abdomen and he had to go for a second surgery.
He is doing ok today and getting stronger.
Dad was in the hospital just a year and a half ago getting a new hip. In true Dad form he wrote a 4 page list of 32 points called, ‘Humor, and reflections relating to Hip surgery, which took place January 9, 2009′.
This didn’t really surprise me as Dad had completed a list a nine years earlier entitled, ’70 things to do now that I’m 70’.
This is a guy who ‘retired’ at 65 and then decided to get some more training to become an ESL instructor even though he holds several degrees already. He made the trek from Abbotsford to Douglas College for several months to make that happen.
I am fully expecting another 32 point reflections document and a list of ’80 things to do now that I’m 80′ when that birthday comes around in February.
I’ll leave you with this little video tonight.
My Mom and Dad have really shown us how to face adversity. They haven’t panicked or asked why or become angry. Instead they’ve made decisions with their family, acknowledged their belief in their strong faith and continued to use humor and warmth in their relationships.
You can see what happens when Dad received a ‘too fast kiss’ from Mom. Poor Mom…we like to tease her! Check out this little bit of fun shot just before we took Dad to the hospital for surgery number 1 last Friday.