My sister was diagnosed with lung cancer about six months ago. She went to her doctor with a concern about her shortness of breath and a chronic cough. The doctor had her admitted to the local hospital for diagnosis, which I am certain was only a formality as her symptoms clearly pointed to an advanced lung cancer.
Janice Lynne Macleay 11/9/1949 – 11/28/2017
She called me a few days later from the hospital, talking in a very scared voice to confirm she was at stage 4, the most serious state possible. She was released to home and scheduled her first chemo later that week. We talked about what to expect from the chemo, as I am a cancer survivor myself with three years of chemo behind me.
A month ago we were talking about moving her from California to live with my wife and me in Kentucky. She was all for it, and we started planning to make it happen. But it didn’t as she was back in the hospital with a serious infection in her digestive system. When she was released from the hospital she and I talked about her future. She said she wanted to go home and live what life remained with her son and grandson.
Three days ago, she was at home and very upbeat when we last talked. Then, I got the call from her son. Yesterday afternoon, she was drowsy and took an afternoon nap. Her son tried to wake her, but although she was breathing, she was not responsive. He called me a few minutes later with the news as the EMTs arrived. She passed from this life into the next peacefully in her sleep.
Deepest sympathies to you and your family. There are never enough good people in this world – each one we lose is a blow.
May the stars carry your sadness away,
May the flowers fill your heart with beauty,
May hope forever wipe away your tears,
And, above all, may silence make you strong.
— Chief Dan George
Words of wisdom from one who went before her. There will be a little piper waiting for her, to pipe her West on her journey to forever….
“May your sadness soon be replaced with only happy memories.”
May the voice of memory sing beautifully to you.