I have been wanting to write this post for a while but have been putting it off because its just too painful.
David's Aunt Kristi (My sister) was diagnosed with stomach cancer on October 29th at 39 years old and a mother of 3 children.
Our very close family was devastated.
We rallied around Kristi and her family and hoped her treatment would give us a few more years. It didn't work. She quickly deterioated and they decided to stop chemo. It was now time to make her as comfortable as possible and enjoy the little time she had left.
We prayed for her to make it though Christmas. Boy did she ever! We had a great holiday and she was even able to order people around in the kitchen like she so often did. We laughed, we cried and cried some more. It was more than we could have asked for.
After the first of the year she took a turn and is currently resting here at home with the help of medication. We do get glimpses of the old Kristi for a few moments at a time before she needs more medication.
Our family is gathered here in Jacksonville to be with her and each other. I have to admit I was not sure how I would feel being here. Turns out, I wouldnt want to be anywhere else. It is very peaceful here. Yes, there are tears, lots of tears. But we also are laughing a lot. Kids are running around playing and being innocent but keenly aware that something is not totally right.
We will pray for a miracle till the end. However, we have already had miracles nevertheless. The outpouring of love and support from friends, family and even strangers is an incredible testament to what my sister did for people, her love for life, her dedication to family, and above all her passion for God.
We set up a blog to communicate with hundreds of people on Kristi's progress. You can check it out here: Hope For Kristi .
Thanks for reading about my sister. I wish everyone could meet her. She is amazing and I will miss her very much.
BTW, We were also blessed to have Thomas Lester Photography take some of the most incredible photos of Kristi and our family. I included some here but follow the link above to see the rest of them.