I know I just posted, but I have something to get off my heart. I was talking to the Rose this morning… sometimes I try not to ask her about her nephew because I know she’ll be upset.. not with me, just heart broken over his situation, but we fell naturally into it this morning.
I should back up. I met the Rose the day I started my current job. She & I started the same day. THE Rose as Rob & I like to call her is a sweet lady. While she says she’s 27, with children in their 30′s I’m pretty sure that’s not possible .. but who am I to make such judgements
She was laid off of her job of 27 years (she must have been born there!) and had to start fresh at TE. The Rose had to overcome her own fears of inadequacy as well as fighting countless numbers of people who were unnecessarily mean to her every day, acting as though she didn’t belong (she did obviously belong)
Once the negativity lessened, the Rose began to thrive and her confidence built. She is a force to be reckoned with.. let me tell ya!
The Rose & I sat side by side for 2 years of my employment.. early on, we shared the same desk as we waited for permanent placement. I first learned, right along with the Rose that her 15 year old nephew had been diagnosed with a rare cancer early in our time together. She wept openly and I would always try to console her- failing miserably because there is no consolation for that type of pain.
After his first year of hell, the Rose’s nephew was in remission and life was wonderful. We praised God for giving him the strength and healing that he so desperately needed.
It was a short lived celebration.
Within months his cancer was back and more aggressive. We are going into year 3 of his cancer treatment. Every time they get rid of one tumor it would seem that several more pop up in a new location. He has gone through surgeries, been in and out of the hospital. Stuck in ICU for fluid building up around his lungs.. then another trip back for fluid building up around his heart.
Essentially his entire high school career has been spent fighting cancer. The Rose’s nephew is a senior now, and will walk with his class in May! However, he’s in pain and they are at the end of their treatment options. He has not given up and though I’ve never met him. I know from the stories I’ve heard, his sense of humor and determination are unwavering.
I hate this! Stupid cancer. It’s bad enough you are trying to steal this wonderful young man away from his family. It’s an atrocity that you are hell bent on torturing him and his family while you do it.
I want so badly to help.. to ease their suffering, but I know there’s nothing I can do other than to pray… and ask for help.
So I’m putting this out there for the universe.. we need healing and we need it immediately (sooner really)! While I know your prayer list may be long, please keep the Rose’s nephew and his family in your prayers.
~peace & love
fyi.. since I am not a family member & didn’t ask permission to post the message that was on my heart, I didn’t feel right about giving out the names of the family… God will know who you mean to pray for