This sweet birthday boy is my fatherinlaw on his 80th birthday. He was diagnosed on his birthday with lung cancer.
My own daddy died 6 months after Russell and I were married and papa has been both a father and a great friend. We have traveled many places with both inlaws and had the best of times. He 's funny and has his own definite sense of humor. He has been through radiation and chemo this year and was blessed to have very few side effects and has had a pretty good year. Just in the past month or so, he's been on oxygen to help with his breathing, but you just wouldn't know he was so sick! Today the doctor told him that his cancer was growing and that if there was something he wanted to do, to do it now. Papa told him that we planned to go to North Carolina for Thanksgiving and he suggested we go now...now. So, we are frantically changing schedules around and trying to get ready and leave Friday morning. We'll stay a few days and just see how he does.
So many of you are such prayer warriors that I ask you to add papa to your prayer lists. God has been so merciful through this journey and has walked with us all the way. The day we got the diagnosis, I told him that only one person knew how long he would live and it was not the doctors. I still feel the same way. I think his days are written and only our heavenly Father knows the time he will leave us to go to heaven. We want to make whatever time he has here on earth with us to be like they have been in the past, fun! So pray we have a good trip. Russell's sister is going to try to meet us there, so we will be traveling in two directions. We ask for traveling mercies.
I just want to share this small example of his humor (and of course I hope you "get" it). I called one day to talk to my MIL and papa said "She's playing bridge, she spends about half her life playing"...he hesitated and then said this..."Now if I want her to know I said that, I'll tell her!"