We Appreciate It When Lose It: Susan Briscoe Is Dying Of Cancer And She Knows How Not To Despair On The Verge Of Death
Susan Briscoe is going to die soon. Surprisingly, the 50-year-old woman is not afraid at all. Even though the close people around her were deeply scared about the horrible news, Susan keeps cheerful to be able to enjoy the last days of her life.
Perhaps the most frightening words to hear from a close person are ‘I’m dying.’ Millions of thoughts arouse in your head, but hardly any sound can be heard from your mouth. How to react; what to do; what to say? These questions have one simple answer – be close.
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Spend as much time as possible together doing everything and nothing: read books, watch films, go for a walk or even a far trip if possible. Be a good listener, as the person might need to express everything that wasn’t said, and there will not be a second chance. Reminisce about the good old days and just have fun – laughter is the best way to forget about all bad news.
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Learn from death
For Susan Briscoe the message about the upcoming death brought neither devastation nor pain. Her cancer went too far to be cured, so her last chemotherapies were just prolonging her life a bit more to enjoy its last days.
The most difficult for her was to speak to the two adult sons that she was raising be herself for so many years:
They looked so hard into my eyes, gripping my hands, tears streaming down their faces, as I told them this. When I got to the “okay” part, they nodded. They knew I meant it. I was okay. It was okay. They were going to be okay.
Susan told about the things she had learned after getting to know about the diagnose. Her spirit is strong, and the words are full of enthusiasm of a person knowing about the upcoming end:
So, one of the first things my diagnosis taught me was that, as much as my dying meant tremendous loss, it also meant receiving gifts of unimagined beauty and joy and love, not just for me, but for my loved ones too.
However, the sorrow is not absent among Briscoe’s emotions. The hardest thing for her will be missing her grandchildren that she is so eager to have. However, she is grateful to the life for everything she experienced during this amazing years.
Susan is not alone. Her boyfriend Roy Cross whom she met back in 2012, is always there for her in the last moments of her life. She enjoys dancing, so much of their conversations involve music topics that are so important to distract Susan from her doom.
We will pray for you, Susan, all our minds will be with you forever. Don’t regret anything, just enjoy your life.