I also chose to honor both my mother and her sister, my Auntie Gayle, and Gayle's husband, my Uncle Rod. My father, who died when I was 19, was an only child so my mother's family, The Fergusons, are my only extended family. My aunt has just completed two cycles of very difficult heart and lung chemotherapy. This is her second round with cancer. Today her stem cells were harvested successfully.
She will have about 9 days to recover and then go back in the hospital for month or so of more chemo to destroy her bone marrow in order to replace the stem cells with those harvested and cleaned today (they will be frozen - cryogenics). She will then be isolated for three weeks or so while the bone marrow regenerates and her body heals.
Please take the time today to reach out to someone and simply tell them what they mean to you. I painted the words, "Love To All Who Enter Here" above the doorframe of my Coronado, CA, home to remind me and all those who pass by to remember to love because we forget sometimes, don't we? And please pray for my aunt in those quiet moments of your day and send her love. Much love to you - Kim, Paws, Scout, and Kenyon