Jenny began her life in 1958 and from the very beginning was a happy and optimistic child. It was amazing that she developed into such a positive person, for her home life was filled with turmoil, confusion and apathy. Her sister and brother constantly fought and there was seldom a quiet moment in their small and drafty home.
It was in 1984 when Jenny met the ‘love of her life.’ His name was Mark and he was everything she ever wanted. Mark was charming, bright handsome and came from a very orderly and caring family.
After ten months of dating and wanting to be together, Jenny and Mark were married. Life was good for the couple, even though, like many newly weds, they faced challenges of work and family. They had two children, both of which were talented and smart and the kind of children that made their parents proud.
Jenny was the kind of person who would do anything for you and was loved by almost everyone who met her. Mark, a talented and caring physician, was often hard at work but tried to ensure that he was home for dinner as often as he could.
It was on a bright but cold day in April when Jenny went to see her family doctor. She had been having some pain in her breasts but put off seeing a doctor, for she felt that it was something minor; something that could wait.
“Good morning, Jenny. Good to see you. Now tell me what has brought you here?”
“Well, I’ve been having some pain in my breasts but I feel certain that it’s nothing. I check them often and I have been doing some physical lifting and such, with spring cleaning.”
“Yes, the heavy lifting could be causing it but let’s have a check.”
After checking her breasts he replied, “Jenny, I felt a small mass in each breast so I think we need to do another mammogram, O.K.?”
Jenny felt nervous on hearing those words but replied, “Well, alright. If you think it needs to be done.”
“Yes, let’s do it just to make sure. When I have the results—in about two days- I will call you.”
“Thanks, Dr. but it will be a very long two days!”
She left with her head down, as well as her spirits.
Two days later her doctor called. She answered the phone.
“Jenny? This is Dr. Wilmot. I need to have you come in today. We need to talk.”
“Can’t you tell me on the phone?”
“No. I need for you to come to my office. How about ten o’clock—an hour from now?”
It took only ten minutes for Jenny to arrive at Dr. Wilmot's office.
She walked in and moments later the doctor appeared.
“Jenny. I have some bad news. I don’t like beating around the bush so I’ll just say it. You have cancer in both breasts. The cancer has spread but with immediate and constant treatment of chemo…..we may be able to slow down the progress.”
“Your words, ‘slow down the progress’ does not sound good. I’m not going to make it am I doctor?”
“Now, Jenny let’s think positive here. Yes, we can slow down the progress of the cancer but it has gone too far to eliminate.”
How long do I have? Tell me!”
“A rough estimate---six months, no more than nine months.”
She left downcast but happy that she still had some time left to love her husband and family, love her God and to make the most of the time that was left.
As she thought about her life, she recalled the many relatives and friends that she had known in her life—some of them already gone and then she thought of a phrase from the Bible…”I am Alpha and Omega—the beginning and the end. Thus saith the Lord!” Sadly, she recalled many of the ‘beginnings’ of her life such as loving her mom and dad, falling love with her husband and the many pets she loved. Now, she faced Omega, the winter of her life.
Jenny lived six months longer than anticipated and enjoyed each day. Weak with cancer she whispered her dying words to her family, “I love you all and I will be waiting for you in Heaven. I will miss you all so much but it’s time for me to go. Be good to each other and enjoy each day, minute, and hour.”
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