What really broke my heart was when she told me: “I plan on fighting every inch of the way. I’m okay if I don’t survive this, but what I’m not okay with, is the people I will be leaving behind that are depending on me.”
For those who don’t know her, I’d like to give you a little insight into who she is.
My sister would give you the shirt off her back if you needed it. For several years she owned a small vitamin shop in Kingsland, Texas, and even though she closed the shop down about eight years ago, she continued to help friends, previous customers, and family members with their ailments. She has a long history of helping those in need and volunteering for many different causes.
She also had a habit of rescuing dogs that were the least likely to be adopted. She adopted three dogs one time all at the same time, and my Mom asked her, “Shelly, couldn’t you have adopted at least one cute dog?” Her response was, “I adopt the dogs I think no one else will adopt.” They were older dogs with problems. One had mange, another had heart worms, and the third little fella was Sammy Man, who was about to be euthanized. After nursing them back to health they lived out their lives as happy campers.
She was very active with her church and sang in the church choir and on the praise team for numerous years. I couldn’t begin to tell you how many people my sister has helped with emotional support, health issues, and any extra funds she had available, but if you crossed her path and there was something she could possibly do to help you in your time of need, she was there.
Six months ago she was visiting me for the weekend and told me she was having pain due to a bulging disc in her back. As the months went by, her pain worsened and additional problems started appearing. At one point, I called and asked her if maybe she had cancer and the pain wasn’t actually due to back pain. After our conversation, she decided to have a checkup and called me a week later to tell me she had metastatic cervical cancer that had metastasized to her left kidney.
Thank you for taking the time to read this and please pass this along to your friends as well. Add her to your prayer list, and any assistance you could provide would be greatly appreciated to assist with the medical expenses that have already begun and will be incurred as her battle for survival continues.
Have a Blessed Day