A couple of weeks ago, I was talking with my neighbor across the street who recently had surgery. We tend to check on each other because we are both dealing with serious health issues. As we were talking my next door neighbor, Bill, got out of his car and joined us. Bill is 84 and just lost his wife of 63 years within the last six months. He is such an amazing person and neighbor. He is the elderly neighbor who had a rose from his garden and a card from Liesl waiting on my porch on Mother's Day. He is constantly doing for others. I refer to him as the Mayor of the Street because he knows everyone and everything about them here.
Anyway, when he approached us he said that he had gone to his doctor because his hip was bothering him. We each said that we hoped it wasn't serious. He said it was not hurting, just bothering. We made a remark that the street is turning into a hospital ward.
I have been a little concerned because I have not seen much of Bill in the past couple of weeks. He has always had a certain schedule and walked his dog every evening. He would also sit out on his porch and talk to everyone who passed by in the evening. (He has a great sense of humor and loves to chat.) I have not seen him in the past week and assumed that his hip was bothering him too much to walk.
I saw his daughter in law over there this morning and asked her how he is doing. She told me that he is not well and that the issue in his hip is cancer in the bone. My heart just sank. She said that he is in the hospital and just wants to get well and come home because he says he needs to take care of his dog (who is staying with her right now.) She told me that he is supposed to start chemotherapy tomorrow. He is a very thin person so I asked if he was strong enough for that. She gave me a look that said no, and said that things do not look good. I asked her if she would take a card from Liesl and me to him. She said that it would make him so happy.
Bill is such a really good person and I can not even imagine the thought of not having him as my neighbor. I have been really weepy all day because I can not bear the thought of such a good person suffering so much. If you could say a prayer for Bill, I would sure appreciate it.