Sunday, February 20, 2011

The Meaning of Significant

I have been thinking about the word significant a lot these last few days. Webster’s says it means important, noticeable, caused by something other than mere chance. People use the word to describe the person they are sleeping with this week, the raise they hope to get next week or the weight they need to lose by next month. Doctors use the word to scare the holy hell out of you and help you prepare for what lies ahead. All I know is I have come to hate the word. I find significant an absolute insult to my psyche.


Brain tumors show significant growth.



Tumors on the spine show significant growth.



Lung and liver tumors show significant growth.



The only significant thing that has come out of this last week in Houston with my sister is this: I cannot imagine going through what she has gone through. I cannot imagine what she now faces. I cannot imagine my life without her.



I am significantly sad.



Dr. Doom has recommended “trying” more chemo of a different flavor with a side of radiation possibly. Dr. McDreamy feels more surgery on the spinal column is in the cards. Kelly is not sure what she will do. She is home with her husband and her menagerie. Life is good for her there. Beyond that, the rest of us are waiting for her decision. Waiting and praying and hoping for a miracle of significant proportions.


Kelly and McDreamy

24 comments:

Prudence said...

I'm sorry :(

Two Shades of Pink said...

Praying!

TechnoBabe said...

In that context, I would hate the word "significant" too. Very sad.

Parsley said...

Sending hugs and prayers.

Brian Miller said...

sorry. i know she is glad you were there...praying for the days to come...

Shelley said...

I'm so sorry to read this.

Teresa - in the Middle Side of Life said...

i am significantly sad, as well. praying for your sister, her family, and all of you.

Andrea said...

Crap. This is just crap.
Praying. I want to hug you and Kelly. I'm so sorry.

Rawknrobyn.blogspot.com said...

Big, significant hugs to you. Will be keeping your sister and family in my prayers.
xoRobyn

Dawn said...

Ugh. I'm sorry, my friend. Praying for the very best.

Glen said...

I'm significantly worried for you. keep spending time together laughing. Laugh a lot. Every single day. x

Kristen said...

I'm sending you a significant hug!!

J.J. in L.A. said...

Kinda puts petty little arguments into perspective.

I'm praying for Kelly, your family, and the doctors!

(((HUGS)))

Mrs. Tuna said...

So hard, so emotional, so, so sorry. Sending only good thoughts your way.

Coby said...

I'm so sorry Marla! Praying, praying, praying for your sister...and you!

Sarah said...

So sorry Kelly has to go through this. All who love her suffer with her as well. :(

Anna said...

Well then, I'll just jump in there and pray with you.

Not So Simply Single said...

Marla,
I am sorry that you are going through hell right now. I am putting you on my prayer list....

Wish there was something I could do to help make it better...

It's all in God's hands.

Lisa
xo

FreeFlying said...

Oh, Marla. I am so sorry!

gayle said...

Marla, I am so very sorry to hear this! Thinking of you all!

Deborah said...

Marla - so sorry to hear this.

I am thinking of you all and praying for you and your sister my friend.

Real Life In A Minute said...

I am sorry! I am sorry! I am sorry! Dang!

Okie Book Woman said...

Here's one more person who is sorry you and Kelly and your family have to deal with this pain. You're in my prayers.

CHER said...

It is funny Marla I have been thinking about the word "Frankly"
ralot lately. That is what word stood out to me when reading. What exactly does that one mean?
Hugs Love ya Cher