August 16, 2005 10:58 pm

Not So Good.

:note: A Perfect Circle – “Orestes”

I’m taking time out from my Python programming to talk about some personal stuff, because I think it’s worth mentioning.

Daniel got a phone call today from his dad, about his grandma, “Nana.” His grandparents have never really been in the best of health (grandpa (“Hi-Kid”) has had multiple heart attacks; Nana has had multiple strokes; at one point (years ago) they were both alcoholics and Nana was addicted to Valium) but they’ve recovered well from all these things. As well as can be expected, that is.

Recently, Nana hasn’t been doing so well. She’s still cheery and in good spirits, but her health seemed to be failing, so several tests were done. The phone call today was to tell us that she has been diagnosed with liver cancer.

She’s aware of the diagnosis, and has bravely chosen to refuse the chemotherapy as there is no guarantee it will work, and will probably just make her very, very sick. She’s chosen to just let the cancer run its course instead of getting cancer treatment. The doctors give her about six months.

We’re not really sure what’s going to happen at this point. We’re all obviously worried about Nana, but we’re also concerned for Hi-Kid as well – what’s he going to do without the woman he’s shared his life with for 60+ years? Family is relatively close by (within an hour’s drive), but it still won’t be easy for him, I’m sure.

Please keep Daniel and his family in your thoughts.

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  • zombieflyboy says:

    I’m very sorry to hear that Meggan. All the best to you, Daniel, and his family in this difficult time.

  • Paul says:

    Wow, I’m also sorry to hear about that. It’s very brave of her to be accepting of it though. Take her example as a cue for the rest of you to be strong and suppourt her through this. And as for hi-kid… well older folks were once younger folks just like us, I’m sure he’ll find a way to adapt, along with the help of family.

    And while I’m being all sincere and whatnot, Meggan, I’m sorry if that comment struck you badly, I didn’t mean anything at all by it. I was just poking fun. I noticed that you mentioned it in another blog like 5 days after I posted it, so it must have really affected you, I am sorry and it was entirely joking.

    And one other thing… SATURDAY! what be you and the dark lord Danielmort be doing on that fateful day? I say we escape to the hole of swomsing for some log jamming again. *code code code*

  • Shannon says:

    Oh Meggan… I’m so sorry to hear that. I will keep both Nana and Hi-Kid in my prayers – and you and Daniel as well. Again, I’m very sorry.

  • Danielmort says:

    Thanks guys, that’s really sweet of you all! She’s one of the strongest people I’ve met, and she can take anything and turn it into something positive for herself, and everybody else for that matter. When I last saw her in July, she knew that something was wrong, but she told me and my sister “I’m okay. No matter what happens, I’m fine.”

    I thought that was really cool because she has such an amazing and healthy outlook on life. She told my dad that it’s just a part of life, and she’s happy to be going through it after having such a wonderful and long life. Thanks again for all of the support, and I’ll be sure to share it with my family.

    And Paul…Saturday sounds good to me. I’ll let you know what’s up, because we might be checking out some apartments depending on what works for the apartment people. But most likely, I’ll be able to get my swim on, haha.

  • Im sorry to hear that, its so hard to lose family even when you know its coming. I hope you get to spend some wonderful time with her before the end. Im sorry.