Saturday, January 03, 2009

Saddness abounds....

We found out a few hours ago that Marc's step-dad, Bruce, passed away from heart failure. He was in the hospital following brain surgery to remove what they though was a cyst, but turned out to be a cancerous tumor. The surger was the 26th and everything seemed to be going well. He was eating, up moving around, took steps today in PT, and generally progressing in a very optimistic fashion. The heart failure was sudden and a huge surpise. We are all very sadden by this loss.
I'm heartbroke for Marc's mom. I just can't imagine what it must feel like. She wants us all to come out to Orlando, so we will be booking flights asap. We hope to leave Sunday afternoon if the flights I found tonight are still available in the morning. We are planning to stay as long as Donna needs us there, a week at minimum. Marc was 5 when they married, so Bruce was very much a 2nd father figure for him.
I'm a bit concerned about talking to the kids about this. I have an idea of what to say, and how to answer any questions that might come up, but you can never know how this will affect children. Poppa was the grandap they were all the closest to, and who they had spent the most time with. I can't predict how they will take it, so I have to be ready for any eventuality.
Please keep the family in your thoughts and prayers as we deal with this loss.

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