Mom sat us all down last night and gave us the news. Cancer has now spread to the lining of her brain, her spinal fluid, her hips, her lungs and her liver. On the menu is radiation for two weeks and chemo again. We are shocked. We are numb.
Already, I have received numerous calls from people, asking what they can do. I am so thankful for the people in our lives that care so much, that they will push aside their lives, their troubles, their sickness...to help us.
On Saturday, we listed to General Conference. Richard C. Edgley gave a talk on this exact subject. He said that living in Utah and being a Mormon, nothing much happens without the ward knowing within 5 minutes.
While some may see this as intrusive, I find it comforting. It is comforting to know that I have an extended family that can form "units" and become mobile within minutes. The US Military could take some lessons from the presidency of the Relief Society! :)
Love, service and compassion becomes second nature in moments like this. It is wonderful that we have so many people that we can turn to for anything. Dinners, rides to treatment or a shoulder to cry on are readily accessible. To quote from his talk, "What happens to One. Happens to All." What a blessing.