Thursday, June 24, 2004

Update on Donna.... 

Got word tonight that Ken will be taking her back to their hometown for the last time. She is still in a coma and not expected to awaken. Ken of course is devastated, but he knows his wife does not want extraordinary measures taken when there is no longer reasonable expectation of recovery. The docs will treat her pain and give her IV nutrition, but that is all.

Donna fought her cancer aggressively and with great spirit, never once giving up. Everyone has done everything they could. It is time for her to have a much-deserved rest, whether in this life or the next. Soon she will be led to the new home our creator has waiting for her. Times like this are always so bittersweet; the goodbye is painful even as the transition is a blessed one. How I wish I could say something to her in person.

I always pray for the best possible outcome in situations like this. Sometimes the best possible outcome is eternal peace, to have to fight for health and life no more. I believe our creator is wise enough to do what is right for the person we are praying for, even if that means someone's death. Some would ask what the point was in having Donna suffer so if she was not going to survive her cancer. This past year, her courage and her love for Ken have inspired thousands of people all over the world. Many have read her story and have been able to put their own lives into perspective. We may never know how many people have become stronger for knowing her, even if most of them never met her. That has to count for something.

Pain level: 7
Fatigue level: 9

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