Riemy Sytsma 1937 – 2007 – R.I.P.

After more than two years of fighting the brave fight against cancer my Mom passed away on Thursday, May 3rd, 2007 at 10:41pm in her 70th year.

The whole family was in attendance at my parent’s home in support.  Dad make good on his promise to have Mom pass away at home instead of a hospital.  By the end, Mom had endured the ravages of double mastectomy surgery, brain surgery, and a whole slew of radiation and chemo treatments.  Her body bore witness to the scars and debilitating treatments that comprise the state of cancer cures today.

Yet throughout she maintained her grace, her dignity, and her compassion; charming all those she met.  Even the onsite providers broke down and cried as the end drew near.  That was the kind of woman she was.  That was the impact she had on people.  Not once during the entire ordeal did she strike at anyone in anger or frustration.

The lengths that Mom, Dad, and my siblings went to do everything in our power to try to beat this disease makes me very proud of our family.

The world became a poorer place last Thursday with Mom’s passing.

Goodbye Mom.   We all miss you.  We all love you.

We’ll meet again.

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