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A Letter to Nanny

Dear Nanny,

So much as happened since you passed away 6 1/2 years ago. So much good, along with some of the bad. There isn’t a day that goes by that I don’t think of you and miss you.

Just a few months after your passing I met Blake, he never got to meet you.

I wish my daughters could have known you, how generous you were always putting others first and doing without for yourself.

I wore your engagement ring on my wedding day, to have you there in spirit since you couldn’t be there with us to celebrate. I wear your engagement and wedding rings quite often, along with my own they are the only rings that I wear. Soon, as we’re expecting our third baby in October I’ll be left only wearing yours as mine are getting tight this time around.

We, along with your other two granddaughters have moved West. It would break your heart to not be close but we’re all doing so much better, and are happier, which would make all the difference to you.

We miss you so very much. But you are free of pain now and that’s more important. I hope you and Retta are having the time of your life up there watching your children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

A Letter to NannyThis is my grandmother, Nanny. This was toward the end of her life and battle with cancer. So thin and in so much pain.

She was as unselfish as they come. She put off going to a doctor for as long as she could, and was then diagnosed with colon cancer right away. Surgery was unable to remove it as hoped.

Colon cancer is, as I understand hereditary, and more common in women. My great-grandmother and grandmother have been affected. My poor great-grandmother has now lost 3 of her 6 children to cancer, and has a grandson fighting for his life. This is just one side of my family. My maternal grandmother had colon cancer removed in November 2011. And it is how we lost her mother.

Cancer is a very scary part of our life.


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