My mom, Delia, fought a 6 1/2 year battle with breast cancer with courage and determination. She was a fighter and her motto was "Pray, Fight, Win!" She battled to the very end, especially after the disease came back 4 1/2 years after her remission. It moved into her brain last year at Christmas time and she took radiation treatments and continued to fight the disease. She had so many things left to do and we spent the year doing all the things we enjoyed. We attended 3 quilt retreats together, went on several shop hops, and she came with me to my dr. appoinments and I went to hers. She was my mentor, my teacher, and my best friend. We were so much alike and enjoyed so many of the same things. Mom wanted to see Mikaela, and was able to visit us in the hospital when she was born. She entered the hospital 2 days later. My dad says "She was living for Mikaela and then she knew she could go home." I truly believe she accomplished so many things in the last year and was ready to go home to be with the Lord. She prayed, fought, and now has won a spot in heaven. I know she's watching over us and protecting us.
She went home on Friday, February 11th. The rosary service is tonight and the funeral is tomorrow. When we were making arrangements we had to find a picture. My brother said, where's the picture from your blog, that's the best one of mom. It truly is one of my favorite pictures of us. She had a beautiful smile and was enjoying the day. This was about 8 months before the cancer came back.
Our community has been so supportive and for that we are truly thankful. There was a pie social benefit for mom's medical expenses held on Sunday. The outpouring of community members was such a tribute to all those who loved my mom and our family.
The funeral home website, http://www.rushfuneralhome.com/, has the full obituary and a guestbook for people to sign. The messages mean so much to our family, so feel free to leave a message or come back tomorrow and all the flower pictures will be posted as well.
Thank you to all my blogging friends for their support during this difficult time. It means the world to me to know you guys care so much. Mom was so proud of my quilting group. My mom was an amazing woman and I will miss her, but know that she's in a better place free from the pain.