This photo was taken off the shore of Waikiki, two blocks from Diamond Head, in June of 2012 during our first visit to Hawaii.
A slight wind or pebble in the water will make a ripple and spread out to sea. Keith is a ripple inside of me. With his love and with my memories, I brave the often-times tumultuous waters. Life is full of ebb and flow and I am grateful for the ability to ride these waves.
I wrote this on Keith’s CaringBridge site on January 28, 2014 as the decision was made to bring him home from the hospital with Hospice Care:
“Both of us believe today that no matter what transpires, our love will cross the heavens and earth and will hold strong until our souls are entwined again. We believe God mapped this out for us. He brought us together because He knew what each of us would need from beginning to end. I won’t pretend to understand how God knows I am the one who will endure, but I have faith enough in His purpose for me.”
As promised in my last blog update, I have some exciting news to share – I know I am a week delayed, so hopefully nobody has held their breath for my news!
Effective this evening, I am officially a member of the Board of Directors for the PMP Research Foundation.
This is the full circle that I mentioned before. What does full circle mean, anyway? We all start somewhere and we end somewhere; first the womb, and (my belief that) in the end, heaven. But the middle holds a lot! I met Keith, we fell in love, we created a beautiful life and then he died. That was a full circle. Lucky for us, we can link these circles together, and my joining the Board, does this! It is with Keith’s love and I know, his blessing, that I continue my personal advocacy, awareness and support for those being treated and who will be treated for appendix cancer and pseudomyxoma peritonei. Forever linked with these memories of Keith, the decision I made a year ago to be a background volunteer for the PMPRF has come full circle!
This is a huge personal gain, for those who know me. I am very much a team player, but have always preferred to play in the background. The time for me is now. With the support of my family and friends, and especially the other Board Members, I am ready to tackle my very first national public appearance on behalf of the PMPRF. Arizona here I come! I can’t think of a better place to be on Valentine’s Day than to be supporting our organization with amazing love in my heart! One of the best things Keith did for me was to constantly tell me that he was proud of me for helping others all throughout our marriage. The key for me now is to remember his sweet words and carry them with me. After all, it is because of him and my love for him, that I am paying his life forward.
A little background of the PMPRF:
The PMP Research Foundation is an IRS-designated 501(c)3 charitable organization. The Foundation was created in 2008 by a community of individuals affected by Pseudomyxoma Peritonei (PMP), Appendix Cancer, and related Peritoneal Surface Malignancies (PSM).”
“Our organization exists to support and fund promising research that moves us toward a cure for pseudomyxoma peritonei (PMP), appendix cancer, and related peritoneal surface malignancies (PSM). We also endeavor to support the PMP, appendix cancer and PSM community of patients and their caregivers by providing the latest, most accurate information about the best practices in managing their disease.”
The truth is I am still so very much in love with Keith. I can’t help but believe he is also in love with me – eternally.