On this 4th of July weekend, Lynn has declared independence from further chemo.
After a rough period of weeks, including two trips to the hospital, it is clear the chemo is doing more harm than good. The chemo itself has caused challenging side effects for a significant time long after the chemo treatment is complete. And while in the hospital, CT scans showed no improvement. Lynn has decided it is now time to focus on quality of life. She is planning to relax and enjoy her time with family and friends.
Lynn is clearly at peace with this decision. She truly feels better knowing there will be no more chemo. While the discussions with her close family were tearful, everyone fully understands and supports her decision. As a result, she has been able to spend a wonderful holiday weekend with her children, her mother, brother and husband at her side.
For the record, one of her dear work friends told Lynn she no longer needed to be a princess when the role of “Queen Lynn” was wide open. This weekend, Queen Lynn was treated with the respect she so deserved after this very hard battle.
We will be forever grateful for the love, support, genuine concern, meals, flowers, cards, etc. that came Lynn’s way. There is no doubt that Lynn’s impact has been positive and far reaching. And your willingness to return that favor with your love for Lynn has helped her these past 14 months.
To each of you – my special family members and friends, thank yous will never be enough to tell you what your love, support. prayers, encouragement, and positive energy have meant to me. It all combined to helped me beat the odds by a long shot and gave me added months that created such special memories. Having a terminal illness gave me a different view and perspective on things……. One that I wouldn’t have had otherwise. I was always one to be rushing here and there. These past 14 months really gave me the proverbial time to smell the roses and I did just that.
I always said that when the bad days exceeded the good ones, it was time to move on to a more peaceful life and that’s where I am. Carl, the kids and I individually and together have had some wonderful conversations reflecting back on our lives together. Despite some times not having our finest parenting moments, all is well and two beautiful young adults have emerged!
I’ve told a lot of people that during these past 14 months I’ve prayed to God for closure on some things – to see Carl settled back into coaching basketball where he can so positively influence the lives of young woman through the sport; to see Kevin and Tay continue to flourish in their careers and lives in NY and to get Kristin settled into a new role in a location that she loves and thrives in. God has answered all those requests and more. He even put Kristin with the Brooklyn Nets in NYC and helped find an apartment 13 blocks from her brother. I couldn’t be happier with the lives that are in front of all of them.
In closing, I wish my arms were long enough and my energy plentiful enough to write each of you a personal note and give you a hug. Your posts have been part of the ship that kept me afloat. May God bless each one of you.
Sending so much love your way,