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My Story

Welcome to our CaringBridge website. We've created it to keep friends, family, and all prayer warriors updated about Al Garrett. Get started by reading the introduction to our website, My Story.

We invite you to visit often to read the latest journal entries, visit the photo gallery, and, most especially, to write us a note in our guestbook. Seeing your posts encourages and uplifts us. We covet your prayers and would love to see them in print if you feel led to do that. We invite you to share the site and Al's situation with as many as you know will pray! The more the better!

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Saturday, May 26, 2012, 2:00am

"Mr. Garrett, you do have cancer."

I (Gina) expected that. Had been nagging him to get checked for several months. Had begun being afraid to go in the house after work because I was afraid I would find him dead. Still, shock reverberated through every fiber of my being. Cancer. Not just any cancer, bile duct cancer. Metastasized. My mouth was saying "We're going to beat this!" my heart was saying "God, how can You allow this! He's going to die!"

Spring, 1970

A skinny 13-year-old girl walks into the teen Sunday School class at Dellview Church of the Nazarene in San Antonio, TX. A big, burly 14-year old boy thinks "good legs!" And the love story began. By that summer, we were "going steady" and have been together ever since. We have raised two beautiful daughters, seen both married, one divorced and remarried, fallen in love with our fine, strong sons-in-law, seen three precious grandchildren born. We have walked through the valley of death with three of our four parents. We have experienced the ecstacy of first love, the angst of the first fight, the delirium of making up, the "seven-year itch" when we wondered who that stranger was, the work of pushing through, and the delight of finding each other again. We have watched with joy our babies be born and cried with the ones that didn't make it. We have loved each other through the good times and persevered through the tough ones.


We now find ourselves at the worst of times. We depend on God, on each other, and, delightfully, on the many family members and friends who are battling with us! We welcome you and your extended friends and family to walk with us as we learn the lessons and see the blessings and miracles God has in store! Shout the battle cry loud and long - BEAT CANCER! BEAT CANCER! BEAT CANCER!

January 28, 2013

Al lost his battle with Cholangeocarcinoma, bile duct cancer, at 4:59pm. He is well at last.


Al Garrett posted a new journal entry, "20 Months".

Broken hearted, my arms reach for my belovedOnly to find a cold mattress and empty pillow.I cry out to God in pain and anger "How could You?!?!"Tears stream freely down my ... Read more

Al Garrett posted a new journal entry, "Calling".

Following a strange and difficult day yesterday, I dreamt of Al last night. He was calling to me urgently. "Jeanie!" "Jeanie!"I was out of bed and moving, heart racing, ... Read more

Al Garrett posted a new journal entry, "19 Months".

Dear Al:Today is 19 months since you went to Heaven. Nineteen months. It is 1:59pm. In three hours, it will be "the moment". The moment you stopped breathing. The moment ... Read more

Al Garrett posted a new journal entry, "Today has been hard".

I don’t know what makes some days harder than others.It just seems to happen. Today has been one of those harder days. I woke early. Before daylight. Long before the ... Read more

Al Garrett posted a new journal entry, "18 months".

A year and a half. A life-time ago. It is becoming more and more difficult to feel him, hear him, smell him. It's the way it's supposed to be. But, still, it bothers me. I ... Read more

Al Garrett posted a new journal entry, "Heavenly Relationships".

"For when the dead rise, they will neither marry nor be given in marriage. In this respect they will be like the angels in heaven." Matthew 22:30I admit it. This scripture ... Read more

Al Garrett posted a new journal entry, "Saturday Afternoon".

It is Saturday afternoon. "Roscoe" (my robot vacuum) is vacuuming, the furniture has been dusted, laundry done, beds changed. The house is quiet except for Roscoe and the ... Read more

Al Garrett posted a new journal entry, "Going Steady".

Today, Al and I have been "going steady" for 43 years. We always celebrated this day. Remember going steady? That butterflies-in-the-tummy-heart-in-your-throat feeling ... Read more

Al Garrett posted a new journal entry, "Today, I am older".

Al was 17 months and three days older than I. He lived to be 57 years, two months, 20 days old. He used to tease me about getting old. I used to reply "Yeah, but I'll ... Read more

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