Holly, you are truly blessed. Cherish every moment you can with your dear parents. I lost mine back in 95 (dad) and mom 11 months later in March of 96. They were both in their early 80's, but I don't think we are ever ready to let them go. Dad suffered from mesothelioma for only three months, but we didn't know what it was at the time. He took care of mom for the better part of ten years...she had heart disease, arthritis, kidney disease (on dialysis for two years before her death) and diabetes. Here, he went before she did. She moved in with us but only lasted for another 11 months because she really missed dad..they were married 58 yrs.
Your mom is right. Every day we have on this earth is a gift. There isn't a day that goes by that I don't miss them.
62 yr old granny. South Jersey
Diagnosed with ulcerative proctitis in 1998 in hospital
Hospitalized (2nd time) in May 2008
Update 11/03/08...finally in remission!! Hope I don't jinx myself. Off the prednisone since 11/01/08...now see if I can stay off for longer than two weeks. Other meds: 6MP (75 mgm), colazal (6 per day), Benicar and Toprol (high blood pressure meds), Probiotic (2 per day), fish oil capsule and multi-vitamin and calcium with vitamin D.