It was one of the hardest years of my life, back in 2000. While driving on I-95 on my way home from work, I received a telephone call from Hospice forewarning me, my father had six months to live. The news hit me like a ton of bricks and my eyes began to overflow with tears. All I could think about was how could I have not known, why did he not share this life alterng situation with me, oh Lord, what could I have done differently.
Watching my father battle this unbelievably aggressive disease of stomach cancer almost destroyed me. I watched my father from one month to the next, wither away in two months. To add salt to an injury, I watched a close family member battle breast cancer under age 40. By God's grace and mercy, she is on the winning team.
No one can ever prepare for the emotional rollercoaster ride you take, when you hear someone you love has been diagnosed. It becomes real when it hits close home. The news makes a life changing impact in your once perfect world.
To watch, first hand, how cancer deteriorates the body, you can't help but to have compassion and a desire to help.
One night while asleep at home, I was awakened by a dream and the words, "Hope 4 LYFE", which means: Live Your Future Everyday. I shrugged it off for several months but was awaked again with an intensity and will to make a difference. I always said, I think it was my dad saying, "come on baby, lets live our life with no regrets."
The fact I couldn't save my dad with stage 4 cancer, I vowed to help others because I don't want to feel the guilt of what I could have done, but didn't.
When you know better, you do better.
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