Live Every Day As if It Were Your Last

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If you’ve been wondering why I haven’t blogged lately, there’s a reason. It’s a reason I wish I would never have to use. But it’s also an honor and a privilege.

It started when my mother decided to take some time off.

She’s 67 and retired now, but she still works for the school board as a secretary. Sometimes, she takes on part-time jobs and side projects during the evenings and weekends. And this, while helping my diabetic sister and raising two grandchildren.

Since my wife Sylvie owns Workaholics4Hire, some say I married my mother. Live Every Day As if It Were Your Last news  surgeon palliative mother love liver life illness hope health grief chemotherapy caretaker cancer

My mother is a fiercely loyal woman. Stubborn, strong, and selfless.

If any organization would ask her for help, she’d accept the job at the drop of a hat. My mother is one of the most caring and compassionate people I have ever met. Even to her own detriment, as you will soon learn why.

Nevertheless, my mother planned on staying with us for a week during her time off.

Back in 2008 when she went through breast cancer, she stayed with us while Sylvie, having gone through breast cancer herself, provided a powerful support mechanism. Plus, we spoiled her back then, so it’s no wonder our place was her idea of a vacation.

When I went to pick her up back in early July, I noticed how gaunt she looked. She confided in me that she hasn’t been feeling well lately. But she decided to chalk it up to exhaustion and stress.

I was worried. But I know my mom. And I know that making a fuss may prove to be counterproductive. She’s obstinate and proud. So fighting with her would only cause her to stop complaining for fear she would upset or bother those around her.

(This couldn’t be more evident than when she later confessed she had tolerated these pains and bouts of exhaustion since February!)

The next day or so, she was sleeping a lot. I know my mom, and I know she never sleeps that much. When my daughter Megan came to our office to tell us that “Nanny Louise” was vomitting several times in the bathroom, alarm bells went off.

We tried desperately to convince her to let us take her to a hospital. But all my mom wanted was to go back to sleep. That’s when Sylvie contacted a public service called Telehealth Ontario, which offers an on-call registered nurse.

The nurse told us we needed to get her to the hospital. It was serious. Dehydration, particularly during a major heatwave, is not something one takes lightly. But my mom stubbornly refused, pleading to simply let her go back to sleep.

That’s when Sylvie had the brilliant idea to hand her the phone to speak with the nurse, who tried to convince her to desperately seek medical attention.

Eventually, Sylvie’s constant prodding got her to reluctantly agree.

So we drove to the nearest hospital and, once they saw her, even though the waiting room was full, they took her in immediately to rehydrate her intravenously. It was that serious. We almost lost her then.

Little did we know that’s when a roller-coaster ride was about to begin.

After three days in the emergency ward, a series of scans and tests showed a growth in her gallbladder. “Gall stones,” she lamented, which she said she had before. Surgically removing the gallbladder was the only solution at this point.

So they moved her to a room in the surgical wing. We were told surgery would be in another week or so. So we visited mom every day to keep her company.

But something wasn’t right.

Mom has good days and bad days. But lately, they were more bad than good. Her deteriorating health worried the doctors as it indicated something else was going on.

More tests revealed she also had a ruptured instestine caused by the gallbladder being so inflamed. Thus, surgery would also require fixing or bypassing the ruptured intestine so she can eat and digest food again.

That’s when the doctor informed us she needed a hepatobiliary specialist (i.e., a gallbladder and liver surgeon), and they needed to transfer her to a different hospital to see him. Otherwise, the waiting time would have been several months.

(The administrative nightmare by being from another province — my mother is from Quebec and we’re in Ontario — is a whole other ball of wax from which I will spare you the sordid, brain-numbing details.)

Surgery kept getting delayed to allow for more tests. From ultrasounds to x-rays, CT-scans to MRIs, an endoscopic biopsy to a surgically invasive one.

Obviously, seeing my mom deteriorate in front of our eyes (she lost 30 pounds while being hospitalized), with no progress in sight, we were getting a little frustrated by how much time it was taking for surgery to happen.

But looking back, I now realize why.

After this battery of tests, our worst fear became reality.

My mother has advanced gallbladder cancer.

Not only that, they predict she only has a few years left.

I was in shock. I still am. Let me tell you, when the news came it felt like a truck hit me. We had just returned from the hospital when the doctor called us. I decided to rush back because I knew my mom wouldn’t want to be alone.

In fact, that night will be one night I will remember for the rest of my life. When we returned to the hospital, I saw my mother, sitting on a chair in the corner of the hospital room looking out the window, weeping.

This person who was the symbol of strength, staunchness, and humility, and who often kept her emotions to herself for fear of upsetting others, was crying. I will never forget that moment for as long as I shall live.

It hurts me just typing this.

Emotions aside, we still had this “surgery” we were anticipating for over a month, now. Finally, that day came. They told us to get ready, as she would be whisked into surgery within 24 hours. It was the longest 24 hours we’d ever had to endure.

The surgeon told us he would try to remove the tumor, but the main goal was to bypass the ruptured intestine blocked by the tumor, which would allow mom to eat again and regain some strength.

After the surgery, bad news turned to worse.

It looks like the cancer is more advanced than originally thought, and it seems to have metastasized to her liver and invaded other major organs. It was inoperable.

That’s when the doctor told us that she has months, not years.

We are still going to meet with an oncologist who will be the one giving us all the options. For example, chemotherapy, while seemingly redundant at this point as a curative measure, may be administered for palliative reasons to help reduce the pain.

There’s still hope. In fact, the doctor himself admitted she may have more time, since cancer is not his area of expertise. Only the oncologist will know.

So for the next few months, we will be taking care of mom.

She will be staying with us for the remainder of her life, and we have setup a special room for her so that she can be as comfortable as possible. Palliative care nurses will be visiting regularly to make sure she’s comfortable, too.

Trying to bring levity to such a sullen situation, Sylvie told mom who originally came to our house for a vacation: “Boy, do we sure know how to show you a good time, eh?”

Mom always laughs at that one. Which is actually Sylvie’s goal from this point on: “I plan to make her laugh every single day for the rest of her life.”

This reminds me of a speech by Jimmy Valvano, given just weeks before he passed away from cancer. The part I’m specifically referring to is at the 1:40 mark, where he says we should always strive to do three things each day: laugh, think, and cry.

And I can attest that, since mid-July, that has certainly been the case with our family.

I’ll keep you posted. As Sylvie always says, “there’s no expiry date stamped on your foot.” So we plan on living every single day as if it were her last. We all should. More importantly, it’s truly an honor to be there for her during this time.

Until you hear back from me, and before you start telling me all about your cures, recommendations, and alternatives to chemo and surgery, which I do appreciate, please keep this post from Sylvie in mind.

Make sure to hug your family and your friends. Tell them you love them. Because you never know, every chance you get might just be your last.

I love you, Sylvie.

And I love you, mom.

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73 thoughts on “Live Every Day As if It Were Your Last

  1. Michael, I have followed your blog over the years. It really seems as though you have gone through the lowest of the lows and the highest of the highs. I am so sorry for what your mother is going through. My thoughts are with you and your family and hope your mother will find peace, ease, and comfort from here on out.

  2. Michel, appreciate the update. You do what you need to do and the rest of the world will still be here. Don’t forget to take of yourself, too.

  3. Michel, thanks for

  4. Just sent up a prayer for mom and your family.

    Blessings,

    Ed

  5. I, too, have had the role of caregiver and anamcara for a loved one and I agree that it is an honor and a blessing. Healing thoughts for your whole family for all the ills known and unknown and bless you for making every moment count. At the end of the day, it’s all we have.

  6. Thanks for sharing this Michel. We’re praying for your Mom, for you and Sylvie, and your whole family. May the Lord bring you all healing and peace, as well as the strength you need. You are loved!

  7. Hey Michel

    No need to apologize, family always comes first.I cannot help but think of my Mother after reading your post. Over the past couple of years we have had to rush her to the hospital a number of times not knowing what was wrong with her.Hope you have many days with your mother for laughing and thinking.Peter

  8. Dear Michel and family,

    Words cannot express what you are going through, but rest assured everything happens for a reason. Sometimes we do not understand, but my thoughts and prayers will be with you and your Mom. Thanks for giving so much to us!

    Best,

    Joe Fryar

  9. Michel, your family is in our prayers. I know from previous posts that your mom is a

    fighter. It is a good that you and Sylvie are there with her.

    With Love,

    Willie

  10. Michel, thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. No need to apologize to any of us … do what you have to do to care for your mom. You’ve got a great support network online and at home so don’t hesitate to rely on it.

    Best wishes,

    Roger

  11. Thank you for sharing your struggle Michel. You honor your Mom in everything you write about her. I hope you find many good moments to share in the time you have left.

    Anthony

  12. Michel, my thoughts and prayers are with you, your mom, and your family.

  13. Thanks for sharing, Michel. Wishes of hope and prayer go out to you, your mom, Sylvie and the family. Just today the KC. Royals featured a little league team from Lincoln, NE who wore pink uniforms in honor of some of their mothers whom they had lost to cancer. A team of 12 year-old kids raising funds and Cancer awareness with the help of Alex Gordon and his wife. Instead of wearing their names on the backs of their uniforms, they have replaced names with words like: cure, courage, victory, hope, fearless, etc. Know that you and your’s will never walk alone. Ron

  14. Michel,

    what a roller coaster of emotions you must have been feeling during the last while.

    We have recently gone through a similar experience with a close family friend.

    One thing I would suggest is to get your Mom to record some of her life history about important events and things she remembers, you will come to cherish these in the future!

    Stay strong,

    Robert

  15. Michael, I’m so sorry. I can relate. I just returned yesterday from spending two weeks with my father, who nearly died of a sudden brain injury. Thank God he’s doing much better now. But I’ve just completed 2 of the hardest weeks of my life beside him in the hospital. I packed funeral clothes because frankly it was that bad. My story has a happy ending for now. But my point is, I can related to the emotional trauma of a situation like this.

    You don’t remember me, but you and I met briefly at Heather Seitz’s event a few years ago. Heather and I are industry colleagues in the real state investing niche. I thoroughly enjoyed yours and Sylvie’s shared presentation. It was heartfelt, warm and genuine – in a world of hype that resonated with me greatly. Since then I’ve become a big fan of your copy and your blog.

    Anyways, I don’t know if you’re a man of faith or not, but I am and I will pray for you today. And for your mother and Sylvie.

    God bless,

    …jp moses

  16. PS – Thank you again for being so vulnerable. Bravo.

  17. Michel – having watched my Father go through his own struggles of having a “time-frame” put on his life, I have a good idea of what you must be feeling right now. Unlike you however, I was never able to sit down and write about it because I was trying so hard to keep from being sad. What a compassionate and thoughtful son you are and what a brave man to share what is an extremely difficult time for you and your family.

    May you find the strength each day to allow the positive and happy emotions outweigh the sad ones.

    It’s hard to think of this as a gift but unlike so many others who pass away so quickly, you have been given the opportunity to know that you have this precious time with your Mom. Whatever outcome there may be, may you and your family meet it with strength, resilience, and love.

  18. NickoloveLovemore

    Hi Michel,

    It’s hard to imagine what you must be feeling emotionally right now. Thank you for sharing this. I wish you, Sylvie and your Mom the strength to deal with this ordeal. Love & best wishes ~ Nickolove

  19. Michel, I can empathize with you. My wife passed away about 2 and a half years ago. We got a totally unexpected call from our doctor at 11:30 one night and our nightmare began. It was the most horrific eight months you could imagine, but my wife was cheerful and upbeat the whole time and we shared many wonderful times in and out of hospital. Although I miss her daily, the experience has made me a better person. I can offer but one piece of advice – your mother knows you love here, but tell her often – every time you enter and leave her room is not too often! I will pray for you, your mother, and your family.

  20. Hello Michael,

    I had a feeling there must have been something that was more important and I had noticed that I had not heard from you for a while.

    Our prayers be with you , your Mom and Sylvie.

    I remember distinctly when Sylvie had the operation an few years ago.

    We shall keep your Mom in our minds during this testing time

    Take care

    Hamant

  21. No solutions, no cures… I lost my mom October 22, 2010 to cancer. I cared for her the last two months of her life. I’ll never forget those months, the day the Doctor told her she was dying of cancer, or the incredible time we spent together. Laugh, cry, make memories!!! Share your faith together, enjoy every minute you have her. You’ll all be in my prayers.

  22. My prayers are with you are yours, Michel.

  23. As as chronic pain sufferer, believe me I understand about people offering their many cures, well intentioned but counter-productive. I hope that Sylvie’s post spares you at least that. My heart goes out to your mother and your family. It is, however, such a blessing to have the love that comes through in your words. I will pray that the situation resolves in the best possible fashion for the good of all concern. You will constantly be in my thoughts. And if there is ANYTHING you need, the smallest little thing that I can do to help, personally, business-wise or otherwise, please let me know. Ping me on Facebook if you need to talk on the phone.

  24. ReginaldRandolph

    I lost my wife to cancer over 10 years ago. As a single dad with two daughters (then 5 and 6), I thought my life was at an end. At the time I didn’t have much of a support system, but my daughters and I made it through each day with Jimmy Valvano’s very same actions…we laughed, thought and cried…especially the latter. My heart and prayers are with your mother, you and Sylvie.

  25. Wow Michel, you and your family are really facing a tough one. Certainly one of those moments that force a person to really look at what matters. Reminds me of the song by Tim McGraw. I’m not usually a country fan . . . but I really love this song:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6xSGLZd9Vg4

  26. Our thoughts are with you and your family. Keep smiling.

  27. Successful-Owner

    Michel (and Sylvie & Mom): God be with you. Thanks for sharing this crucial lesson. My heart goes out to you and I’m praying for you all.

    Dave

  28. Our thoughts and prayers are with all of you, Michel.

  29. Michel,

    My thoughts are with you, Mom, and Sylvie. Living life to the fullest is something that few really come to grips with until slapped in the face with something like this. Thank you for sharing a deep personal moment like this with us.

    Joseph Ratliff

  30. Michel,

    I’m very sorry to hear about your mother; you’ve always been an inspiration and teacher to me personally, and so I know this must be a ‘beyond difficult’ time for you and Sylvie. You’re a very compassionate and thoughtful person, and your mother has a great son to stand by her side during all of this.

    I wish the best for you, my friend – and hope that you all can cope with the time ahead with courage, strength and peace. My best wishes for you, Sylvie and most of all your mother.

    Take care,

    Ken

  31. Michel,

    Thank you for reminding us how precious life is. I feel how hard this must be for all of you but know that you and Sylvie will make your mother the happiest woman in the world as you are all enduring this. That sounds weird but your love, honor and respect for her exudes from your writing and I know that she will have whatever she needs that is within your power to provide her. I can only provide thoughts and well wishes as well as prayers and that is what I will set about doing. Take care of yourselves and God Bless You all. Terrie

  32. Hello Michael, I’m so sorry to hear about your Mom. She sounds like a wonderful human being. I lost my own Mom to cancer a few years ago, so I have a small idea of what you’re going through right now.

    Our prayers are with you.

    Daniel

  33. Amy and I are thinking of you guys. Hang in there and give your Mom a big hug from all of us.

  34. Having just lost my Dad, I can very much relate, both to your emotions and your outlet for writing. Here is what I wrote on Dadomatic: http://dadomatic.com/saying-goodbye-to-dad/

  35. Wishing you and your family strength and serenity in these tough times. Our prayers are with you.

  36. Feeling for you and family Michel. Been through it too. My mum now at peace. Love her hard, love her long and love her like tomorrow doesn’t belong.

  37. Thank you for sharing your heart Michael. I lost my dad in 2002 after many operations and lengthy hospital stays, and my 82 year old mum lives overseas now. I wish you strength and peace. Remember to take good care of yourself too. Love and huge hugs all around, from Thea.

  38. I was wondering why you stopped sending e-mails to me. I sure missed them. I wish such news never comes, alas! I’ve been there too many times and I understand what you are going through. I wish your mother as much comfort as possible.

    I wish you and your family all the strength in the world!

  39. You are showing your mother how much you love her, every minute of every day she has left. I hope you have very many days left to laugh, think and cry with her and your family. I lost my brother unexpectedly in October of 2010 and there is not a day that goes by that I don’t think of him. My biggest regret is all the times I didn’t reach out to him when I could have.

  40. Dear Michel & Sylvie,You are going though very hard time. But don’t lose hope and more importantly don’t let your mom lose HOPE. I wish you courage and strength. I pray to God – the ONE and ONLY healer to heal your mother and restore her to health… ameen.

  41. And we love you and your loved ones, Michel!

  42. First time on the blog.. sorry to hear about your mother. Even though things looks grim, try to live everyday as as if it was hers and yours first day alive. I am keeping my fingers crossed for you all. Be strong!

  43. Hey Michel and Sylvie and Family – thanks for sharing your very real story – it would have been very tough to write. Your Mum is inspirational and we wish for the very best for her and hope that this story turns into one of those miracle stories where she’s still helping others in the years to come.

  44. Each person lives their own path and we never know when it may end. I pray your heart is strong, your thoughts wise and your love beyond reproach. It’s the small acts of kindness that make life worthwhile. Smiles and laughter bring light to the darkness and I know that you and Sylvie will shine.

    All the best,

    Ken McArthur

  45. Sorry to hear of the difficult times your mom is going through Michel.

    She is very lucky to have a son like you and daughter in law such as Sylvie

    to provide care for her and the wonderful family environment is sure to lift her spirits.

    There is nothing more important than family, good times and bad. And nothing more

    important to each of us than having the love and support of our family when we most need it.

    You, your mom, Sylvie and your family are in our thoughts and prayers. Be strong my friend. Here’s to laughing, thinking and crying.

  46. It’s wonderful that you can be there for your mother and find the strength to share a laugh. I’d like to recommend a moving book I read after hearing this speaker at an event: Choose to Live – Our Journey From Late Stage Cancers to Vibrant Health by Joyce O’Brien. I don’t know if it will be helpful in this situation, but it may be worth reading it. All my best to you and your family. Enjoy your time together.

  47. Your Mom is in my thoughts and prayers, Michel … as are you and Sylvie.

    Love,

    Mike Merz

  48. So much we learn about ourselves during those nights when thoughts overwhelm and impose on the sleep we crave — yes, we have cancer, yes, we know what is coming someday maybe sooner than we expected but maybe not, yes, we relive so many life experiences both good and some not so good, but — we will make the most of what still awaits, and appreciate the skill of our surgeons, doctors and nurses, and the support and prayers from our family and amazing friends who have quietly been there for us for so long — and vowing that we will do whatever we can to help, console, and support everyone that we will ever meet, or get to know, in their journey along the cancer trail — even if we can do no more than pray for their comfort and peace.

    Our prayers go forth for your mother and your family.

  49. Thanks for the reminder, Michel. Your post made me cry and appreciate my loved ones all the more. Most people are stuck planning, preparing, working for the futre when TODAY may be the very last day of our lives.

  50. Cancer is seemingly everywhere these days with no let up in sight. Please watch this film on the Gerson (natural) Therapy, there have been many cures from stage 4 cancers, as well as other serious diseases, my brother in law currently has cancer, I know the drill. Sending you all love.

  51. Michel, your mom will constantly be in my prayers. Like Sylvie, I made it my job to bring laughter to my mother-in-law every day during her illness. It was a gift for me to do so and helped us get even closer than we already were. Thank you for sharing so honestly with all of us and, again, I will be praying for the miracle you all deserve.

  52. BTW, Michel, I forgot to add this link previously:http://www.randygage.com/blog/dying-to-live-or-living-to-die/

    May that serve you and whoever else reading this.

  53. Michel, We are so sad to hear about this additional challenge for you and Sylvie. It is so clear how very precious your relationship with your Mom is. Our hope is that you enjoy and cherish every bit of time that you can still share together. Thank you for sharing this in such a personal and moving way. Blessings, Laurie & Jonathan

  54. Michel, thank you for letting us into your private life. It is really hard to understand what God is doing when things happen to loved ones. Mainly we don’t have control and we can’t just “fix” something like disease. I will pray for your family and your mom too.

    Thanks again for your openness. In the day and age of smoke and mirrors, it means a lot.

    I’m not a doctor but I know books like Knives Over Forks have shaken the industry of food and cancer up a little. Dark greens are great for energy and that might help your mom a little.

  55. Michel,

    I suspect that you will break some records with the amount of comments you receive because we all care about you and are interested in your personal matters.

    Thanks for being so open about what is going on.

    We’re standing together with you and of course we’re praying for you and your precious family.

  56. Michel and Sylvie,

    Our thoughts and prayers are with you! Please open your hearts to the love and support you will find, and the many sources from which it will appear. I know just how hard this is; it’s been only two weeks since we buried my mom at the end of her 12-year struggle with cancer. Wishing your mom, and both of you, the best possible outcome.

    Thanks to @KenMcArthur for alerting me to what’s going on with you. I saw his post, “Michel Fortin going through rough times,” and that got me to read immediately. I had seen your “Toughest Blog” headline but not read it.

  57. Guys,

    Even though I knew this from last week call I felt compelled to read it in the hopes that by my reading it and responding I could, in some minuscule way, provide some emotional help.

    Of course, my offer to help in any way I can still, and will, stands; no matter what you need.

  58. Biggest hugs to all three of you. Having been on both ends (helping someone through the transition and dealing with a sudden passing), it all sucks :-) However, I know I felt better knowing I had done all I could to show love, honor and respect to the end.

  59. PamelaLockwoodSchott

    Michel, our prayers are with you and your family. My husband and his siblings went through the same thing about five years ago, when his mom was diagnosed with breast cancer. Eventually, it would spread to her entire body. The way they found it the last time was when she fell and required an xray to see if there were any broken bones.

    What you wrote here could have been in reference to Anne:

    “I was worried. But I know my mom. And I know that making a fuss may prove to be counterproductive. She’s obstinate and proud. So fighting with her would only cause her to stop complaining for fear she would upset or bother those around her.

    (This couldn’t be more evident than when she later confessed she had tolerated these pains and bouts of exhaustion since February!)”

    I’m sure your mom will face the last leg of her journey with the same grace and dignity with which she carried herself through all of her life.

  60. [email protected]

    Michel, whether or not you and Sylvie are Christians, my prayers are with you and your entire family. If you may, please read the Christian Bible: the book of Romans, chapter 8 verse 28 to the end.

    God Bless.

  61. [email protected]

    Michel, whether or not you and Sylvie are Christians, my prayers are with you. If you may ,please read the Christian Bible, the book of Romans, Chapter 8 verse 28 to 35.

    God Bless..

  62. Reading your post brought tears to my eyes. Please accept a virtual hug for you, your mom & Sylvie. Take care.

  63. Hi Michel,

    It saddens me to hear your mom is battling cancer. I lost my aunt a few years back to ovarian cancer. I wish I had spent more time with her. (The first I heard of it was 3 days before she passed.) Cherish every day.

    While I am NOT a doctor. Or even play one on TV. ;)

    I do have a suggestion for possibly dealing with cancer.

    I say *possibly* because nothing is guaranteed in this life.

    Here’s the link:

    http://cancerdefeated.com/About/

    I won’t say anything about it other than the fact that this is where I

    would go to start researching alternative cancer methods for

    myself or a loved one.

    I’m just one person passing on some potentially beneficial

    info to another person. No ulterior motive of any kind. I pinky swear.

    Whatever you decide please know my thoughts and positive energy

    are with you and your family.

    Steve

  64. Michel,Prayers for your Mom, you and Sylvie. I know what you are going through. For the past year, I have been dealing with the declining health of my Mom. She is 88 and has congestive heart failure after suffering a heart attack over a year ago. I have put my web design business on the back burner to help care for her and my 95 year old Dad. I also haven’t had time to attend your terrific Success Chef courses.

    You and Sylvie are providing your Mom with the most precious gift of all, love.

    God Bless,

    Mike Bianchi

  65. Michel, me and the family will be praying for your family. Life can be crazy sometimes, keep doing what you’re doing, you’re doing a great job!

  66. My prayers are with you and your family. I truly know what you are going through, you,Sylvie and your mum are so lucky to have each other. Hugs to all of you and may you be kept safe in each other’s love every day.

  67. Good reading, gives even more for thinking about life… Thanks!

  68. Thanks for sharing with us, Michel. You and your family will continue to be in my thoughts and prayers as you travel through this chapter of your lives.

  69. I haven’t blogged much because mom is at home and her health has deteriorated quite rapidly. Since being home last Monday evening, things are accelerating rapidly. I’ve kept my Facebook statuses up to date, but not much time to blog. Mom only has a few days left. She no longer speaks, eats, or drinks on her own. Family members are visiting all the time. Today is the Canadian Thanksgiving, and we’re also celebrating Christmas because she wanted that so much. I’ll keep you posted. Thank you all for you well wishes, your thoughts, and your comments.

    • @michel.fortin Today is indeed a special day to be remembered by all. Blessings to you and your family. We so appreciate you opening up your heart and family to us here, Michel. We are grateful that we can share this with you. You have a wonderful support system here, just as you are Sylvie are a wonderful support system to your Mom during this time. I remember the last days with my Mom at home. She left this world on Christmas Day, her favorite day of the year. I’m so glad that y’all are bringing Christmas into the home today, for Canadian Thanksgiving.

      We love y’all!

  70. JillianColemanWheeler

    I’ve been thinking of you since your recent Facebook post, Michael, and keeping you and Sylvie, and particularly your mum, in my prayers. It must be particularly difficult to lose her at such a relatively young age. Although we know we’re not promised any set number of years, we hope for a long life together. But you are giving her, and yourselves, a wonderful gift. I was with both my parents the last few weeks of their lives, and I remember that time with great gratitude.

  71. I think sometimes you just have to live like it is your last day but not every day because that isn’t good to.I really like this article and thanks for sharing!