Thursday, January 30, 2014

Update on Grandma Bobbi

Never in a million years would I have thought I'd be writing this post. I'm sure most of my blog readers know what's been going on with my dear mom, but I know there are some readers who don't so thought it'd be a good idea to update y'all.

It's been almost two years since mom was diagnosed with inoperable brain cancer. Craziness. Brain cancer? She had a benign lung tumor that required the removal of one of her lungs when she was in her late 30's? And I've always assumed all us white folk from So Cal will get melanoma, but brain cancer? Didn't see that one coming.

The Dr.'s gave her 6 months to live at diagnosis. We opted to try chemo/radiation and it seemed to really work. But it also weakened her. Dad has been such an awesome trooper with all this. He shouldered the role of primary care-giver with grace, love and such tenderness. But it's been a tiring two years for him.

Mom has really declined since the holidays. She was hospitalized for dehydration a couple weeks ago and the decision was made to bring her home on hospice. Her health has deteriorated quickly, and, although none of us knows the future, it seems the end of her earthly life is quickly approaching.

I am confident of mom's salvation. She has pursued Christ in true love and knowledge of Him for all the years I've know her. This is a great comfort. Yet the loss is immense.

A visit with G'ma in 2011

We covet your prayers to our good, sovereign God that Mom would be comforted with the great love of our great Savior in her last days before glory. That Dad would be strengthened in body and soul and given the peace that passes all understanding. That all of us who love Mom and love Christ would cling to His cross as the lump rises in our throat and we behold our own mortality and need of such grace.


  1. Beautiful blog post, friend. We love your mom -- she has always been such a joy and an encouragement to us!! And we pray with you, that God's grace would tangibly and completely blanket this time for all of you. ::hugs::

  2. Sharon, your family is in our prayers continually. Last night I posted on the Valley Christian Alumni page on FB. You need to go there and see all the beautiful testimonies to your mom. It blew me away how many responded, and the things they have said. She was wll loved at Valley.
    Aunt Adriann

  3. Praying for you! I have vivid memories of your mom playing with your kids in our young at heart and I always enjoyed her visits here. Know we love you and we care. Hugs

  4. Sharon, you are in my prayers! I was blessed to be with my mother when she died after seven years bedridden, so I know much of the pain you are experiencing and will face. I believe there is no real preparation for losing one's parent. You are very blessed to have had such a loving mother.

  5. I am so sorry to read this, Sharon. I feel that I can anticipate what you are facing, having lost my mom after she spend seven years bedridden. I believe nothing can really prepare one for losing a parent, but I am glad you have some notice so you can love your mama very much in these final days.

  6. I don't know why I didn't see this blog before this. It is a heartfelt tribute to your mom and dad. You know that you and David were and are the light that shines from your mom's eyes. She loves you both deeply. I, too, love you and will be there for you always.