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Best Birthday Present Ever

On Friday I received a call from my mom that grandpa was in the hospital and wouldn’t likely make it through Monday. Tracy and I got plane tickets in a hurry and rushed off to Nebraska. It was late when we arrived and grandpa was tired, so we headed to my parent’s house and got up to see grandpa in the morning.
 
He was really yellow, suffering from pancreatic cancer with a tumor about the size of an average adult’s fist. This caused him to suffer from jaundice. It was hard to see him, but good to see him before he died. It was also a chance to see a lot of family we haven’t seen in a long time, or even my cousins’ babies we haven’t seen before. It’s unfortunate that we all had to meet this way.
 
Tracy and I had to leave on Monday, though we did consider staying longer. It’s been hectic at work and I’ve been key in several issues for a big project at work lately (Visual Studio 2005 Service Pack 1). About 2 hours after we left Norfolk after a very, very hard goodbye, grandpa went through some risky surgery. It worked, and at least prolonged his life in order to make more decisions about where to go from here.
 
That was on my birthday.
 
So, thank you, grandma and grandpa, not only for the card you sent before grandpa was hospitalized but for making a decision that could be good for grandpa in the long run, and to give him and the family more time together.
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