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Love and Devotion


John knew Shelia had cancer before he married her, but he didn't care because he loved her. She had a mastectomy and they shared five-and-a-half wonderful years of love and laughter, unlike anything Shelia had ever known before. Then the cancer returned with a vengeance and Shelia opted not to fight the inevitable, choosing instead to live what life she had remaining to the fullest.  Outlasting the doctor's predictions, she survived eight more months, never once complaining about the pain or indignity as her body shrank to nothing before John's anguished eyes.  Late one afternoon in November John held Shelia in his arms as she took her last breath and slipped away to the angels.

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I'm linking up with Lillie McFerrin for Five Sentence Fiction
where the prompt this week is "Devotion".

26 comments:

  1. This is a true story, it is my husband's story. He agreed to let me share it. The words are mine, as approved by him.

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  2. Please thank him for allowing you to post this. It is a beautiful story, and one I'm familiar with - not as a spouse, but as a friend who has watched love ones pass through the veil. That sort of devotion is like nothing else. Beautiful writing!

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    1. Thank you Angela, knowing Papa Bear as I do, there is no question in my heart or mind as to the depth of his devotion. It was my priviledge to share his story.

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  3. Beautifully done. This truly reflects devotion.

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    1. Thank you Annie, this is a story is close to my heart, as I know the way Papa Bear loves, without waivering for a moment, the way love was intended to be.

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  4. I watched my husband die from cancer and this took my breath away. Then I read your comment about it being a true story. WoW!

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    1. Then I know this story must also be your story, Donna. I cannot imagine the pain of watching someone you love so deeply suffer and slip away from you while being powerless to prevent it. Love truly bears all things, and those who departed did so at peace in the knowledge that love is everlasting.

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  5. I too have a similar story....all you can do is your best for those you love....

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    1. Sadly, too many of us have witnessed friends and loved ones die this way, Joanne. The greatest gift we can give is to be there for them, to support, to love, and to allow them to choose the path they will follow.

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    1. Thank you Sandra, I am finding that sometimes five sentences is just the right amount to tell a story that would only be encumbered by more detail.

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  7. This is so moving, Josie. Such devotion, such love, it is an incredible story. Beautifully expressed!

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    1. Knowing this story told me all I needed to now about Papa Bear before I married him, Selma, I knew he would walk thru life with me to the very end, wherever the journey leads us. Who he loves, he loves with all his heart, without ever turning back. I wish there were a million more like him in this world, and perhaps there are, but not in my own experience until now.

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  8. A beautifully told story, thanks to you for writing and to your husband for graciously allowing you to share it.
    I have found that writing and sharing my own grief has helped tremendously. It is by sharing that others know they are not alone.
    Looking forward to reading more from you Josie, you have a light gentle touch with your words.

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    1. Hello Sarah, welcome! Blogging has proven to be the best experience of my life, writing heals, blogging shares and through that we receive the support and encouragement of others, and learn a few life lessons along the way! I have found it to be a very caring community! One thing I have discovered is, just as you say, that we have many shared experiences and face many of the same worries, issues, and fears. It is a common thread among people, regardless of where they live or what creed they follow. I felt very alone in my life until I began to blog, it has made ALL the difference! I'll be happy to see you stopping by to visit, headed over to your blog now!

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  9. That's smashing Josie. Really lovely.

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  10. Very sad and lovely. It truly illustrates the meaning of devotion.

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    1. It is indeed the most powerful example of love and devotion that I can think of Lauren!

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  11. Heart breaking, my parents are there right now...my father's devotion is what keeps me strong.

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    1. My heart is with you and your family Lisa, there is nothing harder than knowing you have to say goodbye.

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  12. I have recently been through this. Your story captures the devotion perfectly. Thank you, it's lovely. Please thank your husband for allowing you to share this with us.

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    1. Thank you Andrew, to me true devotion is not only being there in the beginning but in being there at the end, and going thru everything in between together. That kind of love lasts forever.

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  13. Heart-warming and heart-breaking all at the same time. Truly, a beautiful tale of devotion and beautiful told, as well.

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    1. Thank you Jayne! To me this story says everything about the character of the man I'm married to, that's what I wanted to be reflected in my words.

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  14. Oh gosh. Gut wrenching, but so beautiful. Wonderful.

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