Sunday, May 17, 2009

What A Life!

Mr. Jim's not doing well at all. He's in the hospital still, recuperating from his broken pelvis, and now he's got to stay another five weeks due to his cancers getting worse. I'll spare the details, but suffice it to say they don't think he'll live long enough to get discharged.

It's a sad and pathetic thing. Mr. Jim's got the mind of a young man but his body is betraying him. He's 87 and has lived an incredible life. Joined the Army during World War II, earned a Purple Heart for being wounded at (but surviving!) the Battle of the Bulge, married, raised a severely mentally handicapped son, sold tires for Michelin until his retirement, cared for his wife until she died from Alzheimer's, cared for his son until his death due to his disability and now is living on his own with three types of cancer, which he's had for six years. All this and he still mows his own lawn and drives his own car.


Steve and I visited him tonight and he's barely recognizable. He's having surgery tomorrow to help deal with some blood clots. Please pray that God will ease his pain. I'll admit I'm a little selfish: he's the closest thing I've got to a grandpa and it's so hard to watch him suffer.

Through all of this, he's never hesitated to tell anyone who will listen about how God has blessed him...

7 comments:

Granny on the Web said...

So sorry to hear of the concerns you have at the moment. Jim sounds a great guy, I hope God sees fit to ease his passing, without too much stress to Jim, and those who love him.

Love Granny

Woman in a Window said...

A wonderful man. Wishing him much peace and you, too.

Retiredandcrazy said...

The world is full of heroes isn't it? Some more heroic than others. I'll say a little prayer for him too Sarah

imbeingheldhostage said...

I LOVE the photo you used for this post. Mr. Jim's touched my heart, all the way over here and having never met him. He's lucky to have had you in his life too-- someone who cherishes the life he's had.
My prayers are with him and you.

Suldog said...

Prayer said. What a wonderful picture you paint of this man. I hope he is blessed with what he needs. And you, too.

Barry said...

What a wonderful man and what an incredible life. I'm sorry to hear of his pain, and yours.

Snowbrush said...

Sarah, I'm so sorry that Mr. Jim is ill. I hope the surgery helped.