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Cancer and the Holidays

Christmas was always a big production for my mom. I’m talking boxes upon boxes of green, red, and white knick knacks that replaced all of the other knick knacks around the house for a couple of months each year.

Gifts were extravagant, and cookies were baked for days and then piled into little Christmas tins for the neighbors, coworkers, family, and friends. Even in some of the difficult years, while my mom was also going to chemo, radiation, or whatever the treatment was at that time, she still made an effort to keep Christmas consistent.

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Letters with a Lasting Touch

My wife and I welcomed our first child (a son) into the world on December 31st, 2016. New Year’s Eve. My parents made the two hour trip to the hospital a couple days later to meet their first grandchild and, for a brief moment, everything in my world was completely perfect.

My dad was put into hospice care about a week later and on Friday, the 13th of January, 2017, he was gone. My son and dad will forever be linked by their start and end, respectively, in this world. I still struggle immensely with the emotions that I experienced in such a short amount of time...the highest of highs and the lowest of lows. Driving back and forth between my dying dad and my new beautiful boy.

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