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Remembering What’s Important 2 Weeks Before Christmas

December 13, 2021

Monday Motivation, Tuesday Thoughts for Women Entrepreneurs, Female Business Owners

In December 2012, I witnessed one of the dearest moments in my life. It took place a week before Christmas in the midst of the holiday hustle. More bright and clearer than any other memory, this one stands out as the holiday approaches and inspires me to share it every year.

Not too far away from the Christmas Carol script or any Hallmark Holiday movie sentiment, was the love of 40 people joining around a woman battling her last days of cancer at Francis House in Syracuse, to give her a special holiday moment that would last for eternity. Every year, just like the worn-out, yellowed pages of some favorite holiday stories, I share this memory on my blog to remind people what’s most important this time of year.

Before I share the original blog post below, stop and think of all the people you know who have battled with cancer this year or lost their lives to the Coronavirus, or dealt with other sufferings, and pray for them and that they receive as much peace and joy as this event brought our friend Debbie.  Read on….stay blessed and be a blessing to others…

Original Post:

A good friend of my husband and I who battled ovarian cancer for five years was admitted to Francis House in Syracuse. Understanding the Francis House provides a beautiful home and an extended family to people with terminal illnesses so they can die with dignity and experience the unconditional love of God, I knew our friend had a week to live. The news came as a shock although we knew she was still battling the disease.

Debbie Hilborn

Debbie was a woman who had a very large spirit and joyful personality. She was tenacious about beating the disease and not letting the disease beat her. So when we received a special invitation from her husband to join him for a surprise “celebration” at the Francis House one evening we accepted immediately. Knowing how much she wanted to see all the people she loved, he threw her one last party and invited 40 of her closest family and friends.

I’ll never forget the smile on her face and the joy that radiated from her as she entered a room full of loved ones. She had the grace and dignity to thank everyone with a powerful speech that couldn’t have been written better by Hollywood writers. Everyone had a chance to celebrate with her one more time and with each other, to take a photo with her, to say good-bye to her when she was alive and not at a funeral home, to say all the things that mattered, and to leave with a lighter heart than when they arrived.

I said to her husband as I left, “You have given everyone here one of the greatest gifts of all time – you gave us the gift of being together to celebrate her while she was still alive and to see her happy one last time.” I will always remember her in that happy moment.

Two days later Debbie passed away with her husband by her side and 40 people very grateful for the amazing memory of her last celebration filled with pure love and friendship. It was an early Christmas present and a gift I will never forget.

This special blog post is to remind you to live life with as much joy as you can. To take the time to tell the ones you love, what they mean to you. To celebrate the good and bad times together with those who mean the most to you. It’s truly a gift for the ages and one we must give ourselves every day of our lives.

2 Comments leave one →
  1. December 13, 2021 4:18 pm

    Simply beautiful and helps anyone who reads it to put things in perspective. Christmas is love.

    Wishing you and your family a very happy holiday season! Much love,Mary

    Mary Homer Fairy Tale Weddings by Mary315-575-1319 http://www.fairytaleweddingsbymary.com

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  2. December 13, 2021 6:03 pm

    Thank you Mary for commenting. Wishing you and yours a blessed and healthy season. Tracy

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