How do you sum up a wonderful life of an amazing woman who was taken too early from us. Our Mom was 62 and just celebrated her 40th anniversary with her loving husband, Bob. She had many wonderful moments to look forward to; celebrating their 40th anniversary with their best friends Ramona and Gene, the marriage of their son Bobby to his beautiful bride-to-be Jenn, traveling with friends Pat and Jerry out west and going to Disney with their grandchildren, Katie and Lizzie. Unfortunately, the best plans don't always come to fruition. Mom was diagnosed with CLL, Cronic Lymphocytic Leukemia in July of 2007. She received chemotherapy and radiation treatment with such strength and courage. Gracefully, she lost her hair but managed to keep that radiant, beautiful smile on her face. Her optimism for a cure and to be cancer free kept us all strong. Mom needed a Stem Cell Transplant and started feeling a bit discouraged when a matching donor could not be found. But knowing Mom she never gave up hope and continued her battle with more chemotherapy and radiation. How excited she was to hear the news that they found a matching donor for the stem cell transplant. We all were relieved that a cure was in the near future, and it gave us much needed hope. She was scheduled for a transplant February 11 but was sadly postponed due to her low white blood cell count. Since then the cancer became more aggressive. Oncologists were having trouble finding the right combination of chemotherapy drugs to push the cancer back so a stem cell transplant could take place. Unfortunately, due to her low blood counts, Mom caught a serious blood infection which her body could not fight off. The infection, while being treated, was still present and stopped all chemotherapy options. Mom's body was tired and weak and slowly began to fail. She knew her long battle with cancer was nearing an end and found comfort knowing her family was at her side. Her strength and courage through this ordeal was second to none. Her passion for life and her love of her family and friends brightened up the room she was in. She truly cared about everyone, never had a mean word to say and was a lady until the very end. She's a role model for all of us to live peacefully with each other, to take time to listen to one another and to tell the ones you love that they are loved.
My Mom's cousin Don said "For those of us that were lucky enough to know your Mom were given a gift, my life was better because I knew her".
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