Calling All Sistahs has been calling me for some time.... so I have made this card for my sister-in-law. There are lots out there doing it really tough with lots of illnesses, serious stuff and even down to just having an awful day.. but I must say Julie has had an incredible few years.
We live many miles apart and she and hubby took on caring for her elderly parents - Bill will be 93 next week, Joyce 91 last March, married 67 years - now after 4 1/2 years and with one thing or another (you wouldn't believe me and don't want a saga to explain) she has just recently realized how difficult it is caring for them in her home. Bill has had a hip replacement and now unable to walk and lifting is the problem, and so they've all agreed the best place is in an Aged Care Home...a very difficult and heartbreaking decision.
An extra room was found for Joyce after a few weeks and so they are together - sadly they can't share a bed , but they can be together throughout the day.
Now there's more - Julie had a full mastectomy a few years back and with tests, found that Bill (who has prostate cancer) has the BRCA gene, Julie too and my hubby Stephen, our daughter is waiting test results now - and as I too have had breast cancer (17 years ago) we're not sure the implications for her or our son...but we're not dwelling on it, life is too short to mope and say why me, or it can be long as Bill and Joyce have proven. To top it off Marks father too has recently passed away from prostate cancer too.
Now for some happy smiles for everyone - Julie and Mark's three children all have had babies in the last 9 months, so there's joy and smiles for three generations.
From Stephen and Me, we want to thank Julie from the bottom of our hearts for all the caring she and Mark have done and continue to do for all their families... Smiles and Love to you All
For my card I was inspired by the paint brushes in the CGS02 photo, to just swipe my Distress Ink pads using the colours suggested and mounted my panel on a pink card. And decided everyone can benefit from a Smile - hence my sentiments. Thanks for taking a peek