Dearest Sis Anita,
Today is the 23rd of December. Danny called this morning with his results from the biopsy they took on Monday. Well Sis he has liver cancer.
When he called he sounded as if he was upbeat and doing all right with it, but I feel since I've been there that he was in the state of shock. The news and reality hasn't sunken in yet and that's the way of it all. It probably won't for a few days.
He asked for our strength and not sorrow to come to him. He wants us to be strong for him and I promised him I would be. Now all I have to do is lean in on the good Lord and ask Him for strength for Danny, Donna, Denise, Lou, Gisele and Lena as well as myself.
I would love to go out again and give Dan his wish and spend time with him. This is something that I'll really have to pray about because of so many circumstances.
Oh Sis my heart is so heavy. It's heavy for all five of them. I know the girls are devastated and I don't blame them. This is their big brother, their knight in shining armour. I know because that's how I feel about our brother.
You know Sis it took all I had to muster up the courage to face Christmas this year. The only thing that helped was remembering the one that you and Sis spent with me and my family in 2001. Lord that feels like so long ago and yet it was but nine years. That's nothing compared to how time feels right now.
I sure do wish I were closer to the kids so that I could wrap my arms around them and comfort them. Just like you did for me when you came to visit after Bernie passed away. You listened, cried with me, laughed with me and took care of me. I'll never forget what you did that time. The only thing I regret is having been caught up in my sorrow so much that I didn't appreciate you the way I should have. Thank God we had time to talk about it after the fact and I got a chance to thank you properly.
As you can see my mind is spining around like a whirlwind tonight. I'm sorry if I'm not making any sense but I just wanted to drop in and let you know that no matter what I will be there for the kids. I love you Sis and I miss you with a rage of missing. Talk to you later. Love always and forever your baby sister Lin