Love you, Aunt Jan

My Aunt Janice is a miracle.

My grandma had multiple miscarriages and instead of just taking her ovaries and being done with it, the doctor took bits of them at a time. Janice was conceived when Grandma had one quarter of one ovary left in her body.

Things were different in the ’50s, I guess.

Jan is the sort of person who seems gruff on the outside, but is a puddle of goo on the inside. She is a gifted potter, cook and quilter. She hacked back blackberry bushes and has large vegetable and flower gardens that she is always working on.

She’s the baby of their family but totally the boss.

Almost 12 years ago, my aunt got really sick. Her doctors misdiagnosed her for so long that by the time they figured out she had multiple myeloma, she had only 5 percent kidney function. She’s dealt with spin-off cancers, a bone marrow transplant, dialysis. She just kept fighting.

We’ve had 12 bonus years. We’ve had family gatherings and visits. The last time I saw her was in October, when she came with my cousin Clara and her grandkids, Maggie and Ben, for a harvest festival. She wasn’t feeling very well, but she was there. And she was Jan.

My beautiful aunt passed away last night, surrounded by her family. I am devastated for those of us who are left behind, but grateful she is no longer suffering. The last year has been … well.

Anyway, just … love you, Jan. Thanks for loving me, my girls and Eric so much.

11 thoughts on “Love you, Aunt Jan

  1. Diane says:

    What a beautiful tribute.

    She sounds like a true grace to your family. Our God is full of surprises.

    May God grant her rest eternal and peace to her family.


  2. Chris N says:

    I so sorry about your Aunt. As you know I have Multiple Myeloma and was also misdiagnosed for a year too. Fortunately, I didn’t have kidney damage. It sounds like she was a wonderful person and will be missed. Myeloma is a tough cancer and affects people differently. I’ve been fortunate that my treatments have put me in remission( 4 xs now). Loving thoughts your way…


    • Trisha Walker says:

      Thank you, Chris. I do know, and I follow your blog for that reason. Myeloma sucks, and I am so glad that you are doing well. Jan got a tough break at the beginning, which shadowed everything for 12 years. (Who does dialysis for 12 years?! My aunt, that’s who.)

      Anyway, I appreciate the well wishes, and I continuously send good, healthy vibes your way.


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