Crossroads in Life

Mom got a new diagnosis today. She was diagnosed with Cheyne-Stokes Disease. A respiratory disease that reflects intermittent breathing. She will breath heavy and then not breath for a few seconds.

This is not a good sign. It means that she is at the late stages of her life. The good news is she doesn’t have pneumonia, she still is eating and she still weighs 139lbs. But it means her lungs are weak and susceptible to respiratory failure.

My daughter Ashley is getting married this Saturday and she wants her “Gram” there. A funny crossroads in life, so much joy for my daughter’s wedding, so much sadness for my mom’s condition. Conflicted at the highest level.


  1. Krisha Dorman, Aegis of Bellevue
    Posted June 27, 2010 at 3:54 pm | Permalink

    I'm very sorry to hear about your mom's new diagnosis. The only thing I could suggest is to prepare yourself for the inevitable and focus on the moments of happiness she has. Thank you for sharing so candidly.

    Congrats to Ashley as well!

  2. Anonymous
    Posted July 1, 2010 at 11:01 pm | Permalink

    The circle of life. I was looking at your web site (for employment) and came across your Blog. Your mother is blessed to have such a caring son. And you have obviously been blessed to have been taught and mirrored such loving values by a very special mother. Allow yourself to celebrate the good and grieve the losses. God never closes a door without opening a window. I hope "Gram" will somehow, someway, get to attend Ashley's wedding even if only for the ceremony.
    The ripple effect of one life touching another and another and another-Ten minutes ago I didn't know you or your mother existed. Thank you for inspiring me today. I will keep you and your mother in my prayers.

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