April 25, 2009
Thoughts on the death of a loved one
This week, on Thursday night, Kerry's sister Lennie passed away. Lennie had cystic fibrosis. As some of you may or may not know CF kids don't live very long. Their bodies produce excess mucous and it coats the insides of their lungs, stomach, intestines etc. Kids can have it to various degrees. Lennie had it worst in her lungs. She used to be constantly coughing it up and spitting it out. At one point in time her health was really bad and she was able to have a lung transplant. Transplants only increase ones life by about 10 years. She also made medical history and had a child. That girl is not 17. in the past couple of years her health was heading back down hill. She was on dialysis and that was causing some issues, including poor balance. She fell in the bathroom while no one was home and hit her head. Because of the dialysis she was also on blood thinners. She ended up hemorrhaging in her brain. In the end the decision had to be made to let her return to Heavenly Father. Lennie lived a long time, she was 46. She had a kooky sense of humor and she always kept us on our toes! She will be missed. However, that being said, I also want to say how thankful I am for the gospel knowledge that she is in the spirit world and that we will see her again. It really takes the sting out of death and makes it possible to go on and not be sad. I am so grateful for a loving Father who gives us that knowledge!