Jul 31, 2011

The Sunday Salon: My Family's Loss

Hello and Happy Sunday to you.  Today's post will be a short one - not a book related post but more of an explanation of why I've been so out of touch in recent months. As some may know, my dad has been battling cancer for several years now and in the last two or three months his health began to decline rapidly and he was in pain much of the time. Sadly, this past Wednesday, my dad lost his battle with this terrible disease.  They gave him about 7-10 days on Monday but he lasted only two days. Although there is a big whole in our lives now without him, we are comforted knowing that he is not suffering any longer. My mom was an angel to my dad in his final days and took care of him at home until his last breath. I am grateful that I was able to spend a day with him a few weeks ago when he was still relatively himself.  We even shared a meal together and had some good conversation. That was his last somewhat normal day. I will always be thankful for that day.

I'd like to thank those of you who have left me supportive comments these last months whenever I've mentioned my dad in my posts.  My blogging friends are always so sweet and supportive and it means more to me than I can say. Thank you so much for your support and your prayers.

I'm looking forward to getting back into the swing of things and blogging more. I have been so preoccupied and have neglected the blogs for awhile but I'm anxious to get back to reading them regularly. Please accept my apologies for not being present and keeping up with all of you. I have been able to get through a few books though, but I still need to  write my reviews. I'm hoping to get to them later this week.

Again, thank you for your support and I hope to get back in the loop of what everyone is reading very soon. I've really missed the interaction with my fellow book lovers.  I will see you on the blogs real soon.

16 comments:

Mary said...

Lisa, I'm so sorry for your loss. Condolences to you and your family.

JoAnn said...

I'm so sorry, Lisa. Thoughts and prayers for your family...

Alyce said...

I'm so sorry for your loss.

Siobhan said...

I am so sorry for your loss. Thoughts and prayers going out for your family.

Deb Nance at Readerbuzz said...

My mom passed away on July 10th this summer after a four year battle with cancer. My dad was my mom's sole caregiver until the last month; what a role model he was for us all.

Karen Harrington said...

My condolences for your loss. It is very difficult to lose a parent. Sending you prayers and thoughts of peace and love.

rhapsodyinbooks said...

So sorry for your loss! Understandable that you have been away from blogging!

Staci said...

Oh Lisa! I'm so sorry to hear about your Dad's passing. I've been praying for him each and every morning. Now I will add you and your family to my morning prayers. Your dad is certainly in a better place without pain, but I understand that hole in your heart and life. That's good that you were able to have that day with him. I'm sure it's a memory that will comfort you. If I were there in Florida I'd visit you and give you a hug IRL...but I can't so here's my virtual one!! (((((HUGS)))))

Thinking of you!

bermudaonion said...

I'm so sorry to hear your sad news. Having lost my dad last December I know how difficult it is. I'll keep you and your family in my thoughts and prayers.

Ti said...

Oh Lisa, I am so sorry to hear this. I am so glad that you got to spend that day with him though. Hugs to you and if you ever need to talk or just vent...you know where to find me.

Anna said...

So sorry for your loss. ((HUGS))

Lisa said...

Thank you all so much for your kind words of encouragement. I'm hoping to draw strength from all the positive messages I've received from you to get me thru these next weeks.God Bless you all!

Kaye said...

Lisa, I'm so sorry to hear of your Dad's passing. At least now he is pain free and will always be with you in your heart. My condolences to your family.{{{{Hugs}}}}

Holly (2 Kids and Tired) said...

Lisa, I am so sorry. My thoughts and prayers are with you.

Lisa said...

I'm so sorry for your loss, Lisa. My father-in-law passed away many years ago after a battle with cancer and I found that even with all that time to prepare, you just aren't prepared to lose someone you love. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.

stacybuckeye said...

You don't need to apologize to us. That's why blogging is so powerful, life happens and when we're ready to jump back in, your blogger buddies are here waiting.

I'm so sorry about your dad. I'm so glad that you had that one special day with him that you'll always remember fondly. Hugs from Ohio.