Well, it was another interesting month. “Interesting” doesn’t always mean “fantastic” and in this case, that is true. On February 5th, Katie’s dad Jeff was admitted to the hospital related to his cancer. He had lost FORTY POUNDS in just less than one month. Needless to say, the cancer treatment was not working. (there are no emojis sad enough here). This was confirmed on testing. What started out at the beginning of the hospitalization to be “let’s get weight back on and ready for rehab” so that he could accept more treatment, within a week was “we are ready for hospice”.
The very short and tragic outcome was that Jeff died on February 14th in hospice care, just over 24 hours after we had him admitted. It was incredibly peaceful and really, under his own terms. I will always, ALWAYS be so grateful that he asked me to be a part of his cancer journey. It allowed such healing in our lives. As much as my daughter Nicole feels that it was “for her”, I think Jeff and I know that it was really “for us”. There were profound moments of grace that would not have happened had he not asked. I was not prepared for the grief that ensued after his passing. But, he had the happiest years of my life, when hope sprang eternal and our kids were young, when my life was what I wanted it to be as a young wife and mother. I know that he rests in peace with our Katie girl and that they watch over Nicole and me now. I just didn’t expect that at this age in my life, half of our family would be in Heaven. You never know where life will take you. For the record, I hope it starts to take us someplace GOOD over the next 15 years or so!!
So, for the swimming part of this month, I got in almost the goal, 24.9 miles. The goal for each month is 25.6. I didn’t make up any distance from my short month last month due to influenza, but given the circumstances, I’m ok with that. March is a long month, and spring is coming!