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Inspiring Story of Treasured Memories: Legacy of a Cancer Patient

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As a born again follower of Jesus Christ, leaving this world behind, is something we look forward to isn’t it friends? There is NO better reward we can EVER receive! Bonus for our families is leaving behind a legacy of Treasured Memories.


However, as much as we long to be in Heaven, with our Lord and Savior, leaving our loved ones behind is hard. We don’t want them to be sad and mourn us and want them to be happy, and keep living their lives.


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I can think of ONE thing, ONE word, we can leave them with, that they will cherish FOREVER!! MEMORIES

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How Do Oncology Patients Teach You the Value of Treasured Memories?


When I take my final breath on this earth, I hope I’ve left on the imprint, on those who know and love me.


I want them to be able to say, “When I think of Angie she sure made my days brighter by______?”


I have so many loved ones, that’s passed away, that’s changed my life FOREVER! They’ve made me the person I am today.


Do I have moments of sadness when I think of them? Yes! Does a certain memory bring a smile to my face? Absolutely!


I am more than certain that you have many bittersweet memories too. I want to share with you, the very recent passing of a loved one, that has affected me greatly.


This individual isn’t a blood relative, but I considered him “part of my family!”


Treasured memories: Let me introduce my friend…Michael


My Forever Treasured Friend

See Y’all, this “special friend” of mine needs an introduction. He has one of those personalities, that lights up a room.


He has such an award-winning smile and infectious laughter, you couldn’t NOT be drawn to him. 


I Promise, you would’ve been drawn to him, like a bee to honey also.


Family Legacy to remember

Michael loved Woodworking:


Let me tell you what he told me recently. He’d been working on different crafts and was giving me details of these projects.


I could tell he was feeling rundown, and I asked him, “why are you so tired? Have you not been sleeping well?” His precious wife said..”Tell her! Tell her WHY you’re so worn out!”


Gifting a family legacy for Children and grandchildren


I gave him the “look” You know the one we women can give sometimes right?


My “look” stopped dead in its tracks when he looked at me, with tear-filled eyes and said, “Angie, I’M AFRAID I WON’T GET IT DONE IN TIME!”


I was ready to cry a river at that statement.


Treasured memories and Reality of Life


My friend knew his life on earth was on borrowed time. God Bless him! He was running himself in the ground because he wanted to leave his grandchildren, a piece of himself behind.


Something they could hold, in their hands, made by his hands. That’s the kind of man he was.


Family Legacy memories


I want to share another memory, that I will remember, the rest of my days. I would hope my family would think of doing something like this also.


The family knew that their loved one was getting much sicker, and didn’t have much time left with him.


They wanted a memory too, just a different kind, a family legacy to pass on from generation to generation.


Michael and his wife had NO IDEA what they’d arranged. Let me set the stage for you.


family legacy photoshoot


This LARGE family had a “FAMILY PHOTOSHOOT” set up. ALL OF THEM! I don’t know how they pulled it off, without them knowing, what they had planned!


I have trouble getting a photo, with just my grandchildren together, let alone a huge family.


They wore color-coordinated clothing. They took group shots, individual shots, you name it.


These ones of kind pictures will be something these sons, daughters, grandchildren, etc…will FOREVER cherish. A beautiful soul is never forgotten.


treasured memories for the photographer


At one time they told me the photographer, had tears streaming down their faces so badly, that they couldn’t see through the lens, and had to stop and clean it before proceeding.


Can you envision how special this memory will be for them?


When they showed me these pictures, I lost it! I ain’t gonna lie. I WAS ONE BIG OLE HOT MESS! When I viewed them, I will give you One Word to describe them.


AMAZING!!


I cried like a blubbering baby! I kid you not. Did you cry? Be Honest? It’s Ok if you did! I did! I still do when the memory comes to mind.


Run the race and finish it well


My friend fought hard but recently went home, to be with his Lord and Savior. This leaves me both sad and happy.


Sad, that I will not see, his award-winning smile, and hear his infectious laughter, but happy he’s no longer sick and has eternal rest.


Make a difference and leave treasured memories to cherish


Being able to call Michael my friend is a blessing. The memories I have with him has and will FOREVER change my life!


When you and I are going through trials of various kinds, people watch what we say, and how we handle them. It shows them what we’re truly made of.


I hope the way I handle mine, makes a difference in someone’s life, just as Michael’s did mine.


He was sick a long time, but you’d never known it, until right towards the end.


He still had that award-winning smile and infectious laughter that I will NEVER forget.


working in oncology teaches what’s important in life


If you have read my about me page, you know I work with Oncology Patients. The hardest part of my job is watching the suffering that my patients go through every day.


I have a confession to make. I can tell you countless times, after finishing the patient’s blood work….etc…That I have cried out to God!


I know life is in the palm of his hands, and he has a reason for ALL things, it’s just difficult to watch sometimes.


I have prayed and pleaded with God, that if the individual is saved and ready for Heaven, to PLEASE end their pain and suffering!!


It just doesn’t seem fair! However, God has not promised us, we would have a pain-free life. He did promise us, he’d be with us, in the midst of them.


Treasured Memories
FOREVER FRIEND

Loss of a Loved One Quotes: family legacy


“When someone you love becomes a memory, the memory becomes a treasure.”

– Unknown

“When you are sorrowful look again in your heart, and you shall see that in truth you are weeping for that which has been your delight.“

– Kahlil Gibran

“Unable are the loved to die. For love is immortality.”

– Emily Dickinson

“Perhaps they are not the stars, but rather openings in Heaven where the love of our lost ones pours through and shines down upon us to let us know they are happy.”

– Unknown

“He spake well who said that graves are the footprints of angels.”

– Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

“We must embrace pain and burn it as fuel for our journey.”

– Kenji Miyazawa

“If the people we love are stolen from us, the way to have them live on is to never stop loving them.”

 The Crow, written by James O’Barr, David J. Schow, and John Shirley, 1994

“Love is stronger than death even though it can’t stop death from happening, but no matter how hard death tries it can’t separate people from love. It can’t take away our memories either. In the end, life is stronger than death.

– Unknown

“Life is pleasant. Death is peaceful. It’s the transition that’s troublesome.” 

– Isaac Asimov

In Conclusion on Treasured Memories


Friends, none of us are promised our next breath, let alone tomorrow. Treasure the memories you have, with your loved ones, while you have them with you. Let’s leave memories…No regrets!


Read more on How Working In Oncology gives you Perspective. Learn 7 Ways of Coping with Loss in Oncology if you or a friend has lost someone.


If you’re wondering how to offer support read my 14 Tips for Providing Emotional Support to Cancer Patients. You can apply all of these tips to those needing emotional support of any kind.


I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus. Philippians 3:14


much love, your sister in Christ, Angie

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9 Comments

  1. Having treasured memories with a lost loved one is and always will be so important. They are truly priceless and we are lucky to have them. All of this reminds me of that Dr. Seuss quote, “Don’t cry because it’s over, smile because it happened.” That quote really speaks to my heart because focusing on the time you shared with them is very comforting and helps to prevent further sadness. I loved this article.

  2. Treasured memories are a priceless gift when we lose someone. And being able to share those treasured memories with others that loved that person just as much is so comforting! I’m sorry for the loss of your dear friend, but am so glad you took the time out to honor him, his family and all of your treasured memories with this post!

    1. Thank you so much, Rachel. Your kind words of support and encouragement mean so much to me. I loved him dearly and he was very special. Thanks for your feedback it’s much appreciated.

  3. Oh Angie, such a beautiful post. I love the picture of the two of you together. What a special tribute for his family, too.
    I cannot wait to be reunited with my parents and loved ones in heaven. I hope I am leaving a legacy of treasured memories to comfort them when I’m gone from this earth.
    Thanks so much for sharing !

  4. Angie, this is such a touching story. What a beautiful blessing that must have been for Michael, his wife and for you, to share in that moment. Thanks for being there for your patients. I wish I could’ve had someone like you during my treatments, cancer and amputations. Keep doing what you do, girl. Keep that love of Jesus shining for all to see.

    1. Awe! Thank You so much! When they showed me the Group Family Pics I lost it. I was drawing his labs while tears poured down my face. I did this post to send to his wife as a dedication in his memory for her because I wanted her to know how much he meant to me. I had no clue that she sent it to her Pastor. When I went to the service to give my condolences in the line for his family I almost left afterward but I felt the Holy Spirit saying…Stay!! So I sat in the back of the Church. When the Pastor gave his eulogy can you pass what it speech was on?? He said there’s a young lady who took care of our Brother Michael at the Oncology office where Michael received Treatment for his Cancer. Wendy, he went on giving his speech and almost the entire eulogy was my post. I sat there blubbering like I baby the entire time! Then he said her name is Angie. Angie if you’re here today will you please raise your hand? I sat by another patient so she knew he was referencing me. I raised my hand and he said Ah, there she is and we should acknowledge her for all she did. Oh man I will never forget not only that moment but many others. Thank you for your sweet words of love and encouragement

  5. Angie, My blog is for everyone, but mostly it’s my legacy to my children, so they have my heartbeat for the Lord and my words that point to The Living Word. It would break my heart if I did not see my children and grandchildren in Heaven. But I trust in the Living God who is Truth and Salvation.

    I loved the picture of you and your friend you recently posted on Facebook . All we have is now! Thank you for blessing everyone’s life as a nurse and a writer.

    1. I love your humble heart. Yes, I want to see ALL my family enter Heaven also. I can not fathom the thought of them being Hell. Thank so much Gina for calling me a nurse. It is a compliment but I’m just a Phlebotomist/Lab Tech. My prayer is that I bring Joy to all I come in contact with.

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