This is the real deal.
Two days post surgery.
A tough road ahead...
but we are siblings
and will always be there for each other.

(My sister, Jill, brother Jason & Me)

He's pretty swollen and had a hard time staying awake today. But he knew we were there and he got up for a very short walk. Each day should be a little better. It is so hard for me to look at this picture and not see us all sitting on the lower landing of the stairs in our house on Finch Court. Ages 7, 4 and 2 1/2. Jill and I having dressed Jason up in girl's clothes, playing house. Jill pushing the stroller with baby dolls in it, Jason following along and me being the bossy mommy. Because I'm the oldest. Jason used to sleep with me when he was little. For comfort. Today I wished I could have crawled in his bed and just given him a big hug. But that would be weird at our age. Instead I gave him a kiss and told him I loved him and would be back to see him soon.

I'm hoping by this weekend he will be alert enough to enjoy my jokes and hold a short conversation. Thanks again for your prayers.
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  1. You livened up the day and I appreciated your visit too. Everyday stronger and better for that Jason guy.

    Love, Mom

  2. I'm so glad we were able to go visit him. It was great to be able to see him, although sad also to see him like that...totally not like him to be so serious. I was glad we were able to go be supportive and a good diversion for mom also. She definitely can use the positive energy!

    Love, Jill

  3. April, you take such good care of your family. I always leave your blog impressed and inspired. Thanks for sharing about your brother. You are always real, sharing the good and sometimes the not so good. You and your family are in my thoughts and prayers.

  4. Oh my gosh April, Jason is so brave. What traumatic and invasive sugery.

    I really, really hope he feels stronger every day.

    Still praying.

    Saskia x

  5. You, your sister, and brother are very blessed to have one another, in times of good and bad. I hope that each visit gets a little bit easier and more encouraging than the previous. :) Have a good Friday and weekend.

  6. Hi April I know you don’t know me, but I am a friend of Chars. We went to school together at Dixie. I found your blog through her moms. I have thought a lot about her since I heard her mom died. I just heard about her husband. I can't believe she has to go through this right after loosing her sweet mom. How much does one have to endure? I would appreciate it if you would send her and her cute kids my love. I am sure she could use all the support she can get at this time. Times like this we often forget about the spouses and children of the patient.

    Thank you,

  7. April, you contiue to inspire me to be a better sibling, daughter, mother, wife, etc.. Jason and the rest of your family are in my thoughts and prayers...


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