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Topic: Grandparent(s) (04/03/08)
- TITLE: She's Still A Winner
By Steff Clark
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It was June when things started to go down hill.
My grandma had been to the hospital three times in one year.
I remember being so scared that I’d never see her again, when I saw her eyes of fear as she laid in so much pain as the ambulance came to take her away. It broke my heart to watch my pappy look at my grandma, not knowing if she would ever come home again.
It would be the first time since my grandpa was in the war, that they would be separated from each other of 66 years of being together. We all always knew that one day one of them would get sick, you just don’t seem to realize how quick your life can change in a matter of a day.
She had been at the hospital exactly one week, test after test,
they still didn’t exactly know what was wrong. Finally the big test came having the colonoscopy done that she had put off having for years because she was afraid of what could be.We sat in the waiting room with family, waiting for the results.The nurse finally came,and got us.She took us into the room and, then the doctor began to speak, he flat out said “Well she has Cancer” like it was nothing big at all.From that moment on our lives were changed in a matter of an hour.The Doctor couldn’t of been any colder when telling us the news, “she will have to have surgery, or she will die.
All of us were numb, we weren’t expecting those words.
So much went on in all of our thoughts, she is eighty-three she can‘t go through with this major surgery, her heart’s not strong enough, she just had a heart attack in June.
How will we tell her what they found?
How will we tell Pappy the news?
How will we take it if she passes away?
Lord why would you allow this?
Why now? Why her? Why this?
They had to take her to the recovery room, so we all went back to her room overwhelmed, and emotional, discussing things before she came back up. Later she came back from recovery,I could tell in her eyes she already knew the outcome wasn’t good. I tried to hold back the tears as we walked back into her room.She said,“I know.”We explained what the doctor said to us. And Then we all held hands around her bed and prayed asking the healer for guidance.
The worst thing was waiting until the day of surgery. I didn’t want the day to come, because I was afraid of the result.But in the same way I couldn’t wait any longer wondering what would be.Then the day finally came, I hated to watch her wait,she was so afraid, but yet she just wanted it to be done and over with. Her last words before she went were “I’m a winner here or a winner if I go to heaven.” Many prayers were being said some silent,some out loud until finally they came. They took her away,and how I longed to run down the hall and yell “you can’t take her!”
But I knew deep down she had to have this done.
We waited, and waited.
I didn’t know how to control my emotions, all I could do is cry to Jesus. I knew he already knew the outcome, but yet I was so afraid to trust him with it. I pictured her on the table lying there helpless begging for her life in heaven because she was too afraid of life here, because of the pain she had. But God stepped down and brought her through the surgery. Even though she may not ever understand why he didn’t take her to be with him in heaven. Because she suffered a lot to regain her strength after the surgery, and still is fighting. We have to know God knows best, even when we don’t understand why he allows us to go through things. I’m so glad he gave us more time to spend with her.
She’s still a winner!
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