Friday, December 07, 2007

Hoping For a Miracle


I spoke to my mom for almost an hour yesterday. Besides her usual stories on baby Isabella and stuff that’s been going on at home, she reminded me of our scheduled visit to see my ailing uncle this weekend. He's been in and out of the hospital for several years now, battling cancer, which has unfortunately taken a turn for the worse recently. I felt rather sad listening to this update from my mom and recalled how my uncle, who once was hale and hearty, has now reduced to a mere fraction of his former self. Gaunt and weak, he even had difficulties recognizing me the last time I visited him at the hospital.

Nearing 65, my uncle is indeed fortunate to have nine children who have been by his side ever since this disease claimed his health; never once giving up hope on their dad's recovery. Putting their own lives on hold, all of them have been taking turns to care for him during his constant hospitalization. Despite the many care home options available for the sick and the elderly, they prefer to care for their dad themselves. It's really touching to see them come together as a family; forming support for one another, in hopes of nursing their beloved dad back to health.

I wish there was something more I could do for my uncle to lessen his pain and fear of what lies ahead. Aside from showing him support and giving words of encouragement during my visits, I can only hope for the best. For now, I’m taking comfort in knowing my uncle is receiving the best possible medical treatment for his disease. It’s also wonderful to see his children showering him with lots of tender loving care during this extremely trying time. That in itself is probably the best cure for him at this moment but till we find one that works, I’m still hoping for a miracle.


27 comments:

LadyJava December 07, 2007 12:21 PM

I hope your uncle feel better soon but to know that his nine kids are all there for him must make him very happy and proud to have raised good children :-)

I'll pray for your uncle recovery ya.. InsyAllah :-)

Nick Phillips December 07, 2007 3:04 PM

Yup Marzie, there is nothing better than seeing the children care for their own dad. That alone is a cure in itself. Kudo's to them. And I hope you uncle gets better soon ...

kimfei December 07, 2007 3:51 PM

dun worry..when u believe in miracle..there will always there for u..keep ur mind strong..

Mariuca December 07, 2007 7:03 PM

Thank u LJ. That was my sentiments exactly! I was just thinking how proud he must be now to have raised such mithali children, thank god for that. :)

Mariuca December 07, 2007 7:06 PM

Thanks Nick, we're all hoping for a speedy recovery but we're also being realistic. But there's still hope as long as he's still with us right? :)

Mariuca December 07, 2007 7:06 PM

Hi Kim Fei! Thanks for ur kind words here, I do believe in miracles, so am still hoping for the best. :)

MakeTraffic December 07, 2007 8:32 PM

Hi Marzie, keep strong and keep believing. I will pray for your uncle. Take Care.

Jean Chia December 07, 2007 8:37 PM

hi marzie! talking about uncle, i had a young uncle who was paralyzed after an accident 3 years back. He is only 27 yrs ols. It's a heart breaking news for all of us especially his family.

I hope your uncle recover soon. It's good to know that all his nine children are so loving.

Mariuca December 07, 2007 10:56 PM

Thanks for dropping by MT! :):):)

Mariuca December 07, 2007 10:58 PM

Jean! Thanks for sharing your story dear, makes us all appreciate our family even more now right? Love ya! :):):)

Raghav December 07, 2007 11:39 PM

Hi Sayang!
I'm feeling bad hearing abt Uncle's bad health & tht it is worsening now....
I Pray god that his pain be lessened & he stays happy till his last.
He is really lucky to have such wonderful sons/daughters to take care of him & not to have sent him to some care taking home.
may his pain lessen & that he stays for some more time.
U too Visit him often so that he can recognize u well the next time u go to meet him.

Let God Help him out & reduce pain & misery.
Regards & Best Wishes,

Adrian December 07, 2007 11:44 PM

GP! Your uncle is fortunate to have his nine kids there to look after and care for him in his time of need. At least he will have comfort in knowing that he has brought them up well and hopefully he will draw strength from their deeds too!

Miracles do happen!

DiamondsSaphire December 08, 2007 1:26 AM

Keep the faith Marzie, your family are in my thoughts and prayers.

Mariuca December 08, 2007 2:01 AM

Thanks Raghav. I'm thankful for his children too, they're really coming through for their dad, which is so comforting to see. :)

Mariuca December 08, 2007 2:03 AM

Nicely said GK, thanks for ur comforting words here. There's still hope and I too believe in miracles! :):):)

Mariuca December 08, 2007 2:04 AM

DS! How nice of u to drop by with some comfort for me and my family. Thanks so much! :):):)

stacys1175 December 09, 2007 1:52 AM

I'm sorry to hear about your uncle i hope things get better for him.
hugs&smiles to you :)

Mariuca December 09, 2007 9:07 AM

Stacy, thanks so much! I wish for the same thing too. :):):)

THE NAFASG TEAM December 09, 2007 5:42 PM

Hey GP dearest...

I know how u feel and u are a wonderful niece to have compassion for your uncle who is quite sickly at this moment. I too have an uncle who has been going in and out of hospital due to heart problems. He even had to perform a heart surgery during one of his stays there. I am hoping for a miracle for him, and i am also hoping for a miracle for your uncle too. With all the love and support that he is getting especially from his children, i am sure he will have the strength to pull through his illness. =)

Mariuca December 10, 2007 5:53 AM

Hello NAFA! Oh thanks so much for sharing your episode with us here. It does make me feel better and hopefully you too to know that our uncles are cared for by us, in whatever way possible to help ease their pain during this trying time. I appreciate your words of comfort here dear Nafa, thanks so much! Hugs.... :):):)

Bobby December 14, 2007 3:18 PM

Hi Marzie:)

I wish the best for your uncle and will pray for a miracle. All you can do is give him love...that is what matters more than anything else.

Mariuca December 15, 2007 6:12 PM

So true Mr. Revell! Love works wonders and is a great cure for all ailments. Thanks for your well wishes here, much appreciated. :):):)

bokjae December 23, 2007 11:01 PM

Yes marzie hope is needed for your uncle as well as for the family. With so much love and care your uncle will feel loved deep inside! Will pray for that miracle! Believe and exercise faith and leave everything to God!

Mariuca December 24, 2007 1:26 PM

Thanks so much Bokjae. You words couldn't have come at a better time. My uncle passed away yesterday afternoon, we prayed for a miracle but God loves him more. May he rest in peace. :)

LadyJava September 30, 2008 10:45 PM

Al-Fatihah GP....

I'm sorry for your family's loss.. My prayers are with all of you.

May he rest in peace.. Ameen.

phatelara October 12, 2008 3:35 PM

GP, my grandpa passed away because of cancer. Sadly, my uncle is now ill too. He has bone cancer. His bones are very brittle and the last I heard from my brother, uncle cannot go for chemo as he's very weak.

He has lost so much weight and it's worse because he worries about his kids as he is the sole breadwinner of the family. Dahla they are poor.

When I was in Kuching, my siblings and I visited him a few times, brought food and all, but he didn't eat much because his body was already rejecting food.

Right now I can only pray for him.

I'm sorry for your loss too. *hugs*

Emila Yusof October 15, 2008 10:47 AM

debbie ,sorry to hear that. RIP to your grandpapa. Am praying for your uncle.

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