Thursday, March 5, 2015

The Day My World Stood Still

March 5, 2010. Five years ago. My world is divided between before March 5, 2010 and after March 5, 2010, and there it will remain. Before. After. 

March 5, 2010 is the day a phone call brought me to my knees while putting laundry away in a closet. "Mom, the doctor called this morning. I have cancer." 

March 5, 2010 is the day I clung to a shelf so I would not completely collapse. 

March 5, 2010 is the day all my children enjoyed a family dinner at our home with Brandon as chef. Joey and Mia announced they were expecting their first child. We celebrated the March birthdays of four of our five children. Brandon shared that he was diagnosed with a sinonasal cancer. He then joked he was not even able to "play the cancer card" that evening, since Joey trumped him with the announcement of their expected baby. 

March 5, 2010. Dinner was fantastic, as it was always fantastic when Brandon took over in the kitchen. Conversation was light, heavy and just plain silly, as it was always so during our family dinners. Still, a bit of fear invaded the silliness and more than a bit of hope invaded the heaviness.

March 5, 2010. Our family's world briefly stood still, but all too soon it began to turn again. 

March 5, 2010. Five years. A moment and one very special person's lifetime. Five years. 
Brunch the weekend of March 5, 2010 L to R:
Tony, Joey, Mia, Joe, Christina, Brandon, Kris, Carolyn
(Several are out of camera range and Christina and Kris are partially obscured!)

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