My Husband left for Iraq November 9, 2008 which happens to be the anniversary of my mothers passing back when I was 17. His Grandfather has been battling cancer for the past 7 years. His Grandfather was given a year just before he went overseas. We talked about him passing while he was overseas. But, I don't think that either one of us really though that this would come so soon. Just before christmas he was taken in to the hospital. He came back ok. He was able to walk around and talk and take a shower (with supervision). This past Sunday I had to get my brother in law over to the house so that we could get him into the van and back up to the hospital. This time was different. He didn't know who we were or why he was there. After a few days his mind came back but his body didn't. He's back home now. I was over there this morning cleaning up his room and helping out with a few other things. He was in so much pain, he was crying, it was the first time I'd seen him like that. I had to hide away from everyone and just cry for a moment. I don't want anyone to see me like that, you know? I gotta be strong for Grandma. So, his brother and I talked and he called Red Cross. My husbands going to be informed of this in Iraq by a Chaplin and probably going to be coming home in the next 2 weeks. After getting my confirmation code tonight, that's when it hit me. My Grandfather in laws dying! I don't think I really belived it. I always thought that he'd bounce back from this. I don't want to think this way. It's so difficult right now. My brother in law and his wife right now are pregnant. I talked with her on the phone for the longest time tonight. She's already broke down several times about this. It's heart breaking. This man really is the smartest, funniest, most wonderful man. And, I dont' want to see him go! I'm worried for my husband and how he's going to take the news. I'm just out of my mind right now.
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