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