Mary Jane's Story
as told by her niece, Jill
Our sympathies to Jill and her
family as we learned of the passing of Aunt Short on April 27,
My Aunt, Mary Jane, known to all of us in
our family as Aunt Short has been staying with us since
She underwent a complete gastrectomy
(stomach removal) after being diagnosed with stomach cancer
over the summer in 2013.
After coming to stay with me to recover
from her surgery and gain some strength, she found out that
the cancer had metastasized to her liver, stage 3. Since she
was having such a difficult time with weakness and exhaustion,
she chose not to proceed with treatment. She wants to make
the most out of the time that she has left and decided that
chemotherapy was not the avenue that she wanted to take.
This woman is the strongest, most
independent, courageous and witty person I have ever had the
privilege to know and love. She is handling her diagnosis
with strength, dignity and humor. My home has never been
filled with so much love, laughter and happiness. Even with
the eminent event approaching, we still are able to have
laughter every day. I’m sure that Aunt Short would appreciate
any good juju that can be sent her way.
She loves to read the National Enquirer,
Star, People (we call them ‘smut’ books). She is also a lover
of slot machines and scratch off lottery tickets. She’s a
hoot Kath, the world is going to be left with one great void
when it’s her time to pass.