The Trouble Is You Think You Have Time…

On August 18, 2014, last Monday, our Oncologist came to Peg’s hospital room at Cleveland Clinic and told us the final bad news of a five month period which had very little else. Her cancer had now spread to her brain, and the treatment was so severe, it might turn out to be the cause of death. Her breast cancer spread so quickly and to so many part of her body, treatments could never catch up. So the life time-frame estimate is now a few weeks to a month. I still am half in shock from the words.

Peg’s response to her doctor was “You have a tough job.” Not thinking so much about herself, she had empathy for her beloved doctor who had to give us the news. A class act; that’s who my bride is and at the moment I can not imagine life without her.

As I type Peg is in an ambulance being brought home from the hospital, and since a few hours ago, totally under the care of Hospice of Palm Beach County. The goal is to keep her as comfortable as possible for as much time as she has left. Lots of family and friends will be visiting within the next few weeks and this will make her happy. If you decide you want to see Peg in the near future, just contact me for coordination. I’m personally hoping she will get a brief burst of energy long enough to get her on a plane for a very brief visit to our house in Lenox. Wishful thinking I know but without it, the grief is unimaginable.

To everyone who has sent well wishes and been a part of her life, I want to thank you all for helping us during the first go-around in 2011-12 and this second round since April. I am forever indebted.

I will post another update whenever necessary. Love, Alan



About Alan G Billingsley

My career has been varied, including time as a newspaper deliverer, lifeguard, bubble gum maker, door-to-door detergent promoter, telephone book proofreader, short order cook, private employment agency counselor and owner, office and credit manger, infantryman, pots and pans salesman, Chinese restaurant cook, Chinese restaurant owner, public employment counselor, budget analyst, tax analyst, grant administrator, radio announcer, radio and television show host, disk jockey, automobile valet, child advocate, and now retiree. I've seldom been bored.
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2 Responses to The Trouble Is You Think You Have Time…

  1. rhondabrown1 says:

    My heart is crying for you and Peg. There are no words that you will find any comfort in right now, but if you need an ear and a shoulder that does know your pain please do not hesitate to call. Remember to breathe, continue to make memories and take it one day at a time.
    Love and Prayers,

  2. Thank you sweet Rhonda. Your words are comforting because I understand where you have been, and how far you have gone emotionally. I just might take you up on your offer. All my best…

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