MY STRUGGLES: AN UPDATE
For those of you who have read my 2016 story, I would like to give you an update. My father passed away on September 21, 2016, exactly 4 months to the day that he was first diagnosed with terminal brain cancer. So, no, I have not got my life back on track yet; I continue to struggle with my hunting dilemma. I had hoped to be in better physical shape by now, and to be able to use my compound bow. But, I chose to spend the last 10 days of my father’s life by being there for him. He ended up back in the hospital on September 12th, and was then transferred to a hospice center on September 15th. There was only 1 night that I was not there by his side, and by mom’s side as well. There were times that I could not decide which was more difficult, watching dad die, or watching mom watching dad dying. Regardless, I chose to be there for both of them.
We are 6 days into archery season here in Ohio. And, no, I have not hit the woods yet. I do plan to get out there soon, though. I will have to go out with the crossbow, and I am okay with that for now. I am working to build back my strength and to take off some of this extra weight that I have put on over the last few months (I will confess, I have done way too much stress eating!). I also continue to struggle with my thyroid disease, and right now, I am not sure this is an issue I can overcome. However, I am not giving up!
And, I would love to thank all of you that have taken the time to offer me support! Your words and understanding have really meant a lot to me. I have so much to overcome right now, including my financial struggles. I missed a lot of work (unpaid) in order to be with my father, but if I could go back, I would not change a thing; I was exactly where I needed to be.
Again, thank you, and I will continue to update you as the season goes on.