During my first trimester of pregnancy with our firstborn, Tyler, my father began his battle with prostate cancer. He began his treatments then and now, 15 years later, Dad is coming to the end of his battle. We all know the end is near so we savor each moment we have together. Although Dad is fading, his mind remains clear and he continues his enduring role as protector of all of us, his beloved family, by giving us advice, helping us see to our needs beyond this time of sadness and making sure his affairs are in order. We know these talks are tiring for him but we want him to share his wisdom with us as often and as long as he can.
My parents are going through this challenge as they have throughout their 52 years of marriage, with courage, resilience, love and faith. Mom and Dad have had the greatest blessing anyone can be given, a lifelong matrimonial love affair, and these days for them are just as vital and vibrant as they were when they first married. My mother is my father's rock as he has been hers so sharing her strength with her beloved is natural for her.
Mom and Dad, as well as Todd, Doug, Tyler, Samantha, Bryson, Blake and I, are strengthened by the love, care, concern and prayers of my parents' many friends, at Lake Oconee, at Highlands/Cashiers, in Macon and throughout the country. We ask that you continue your prayers and acts of kindness as they uplift us so much.
My father spent his life caring for others, his family and his patients. He is and has been always a good man and about him it can well be said:
He has fought the good fight. He has finished the race. He has kept the faith.