DAY 28 @sharrislaughter #ADayInMyLife #RRBC @RRBC_Org 30-Day #Blogging Challenge 2023

Sunday, JANUARY 29, 2023 @ 5:59 PM ET

DAY 28


I got up this morning going to Mass. They were celebrating Bishop Michael Byrnes and having a reception after Mass for him. I made an announcement about my sister and ask for prayers for our family. Then I left, came home and went straight to the hospital where I have been until this evening.

This is the end game for Joyce. They took away all life sustaining care per her wishes. They are giving her morphine for comfort. I hope it is working for her.

All of this month I have been blogging about my sister. I wasn’t making sure that my writing was impeccable, I wasn’t concerned about keeping the pace flowing perfectly. But I was concerned about it. Blogging was supposed to be a learning curve of growth. I didn’t have time for that. I didn’t have time to keep up and respond to other member’s blogs, but I haven’t forgotten about them and doing a little each day to try and keep up.

Sometimes life does get in the way, at unexpected times. How we choose to react to it is the key. I have been working on pacing myself and not become too stressed. Blogging helped me to compartmentalize the situation and deal with the stresses. For that I am thankful. I love my family and will always try to be there for them.

My husband is fixing us some bacon and eggs because that’s what he had a taste for. Normally on Sunday, we eat formal dinners. This is the first time that has ever changed.

Connie has become a plant-based eater and I’m with her on it. But right now she’s still at the hospital so I’m eating whatever is put before me.

I love you all. Have a wonderful and blessed day. I intend to.

Shirley Slaughter

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About Shirley Harris-Slaughter

I love old buildings and history. That's why I ended up writing about the history that surrounded me all of my life - "Our Lady of Victory, the Saga of an African-American Catholic Community." Plus our church had closed and the school is torn down, so I felt it was imperative that we preserve the history or it would be lost forever.
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25 Responses to DAY 28 @sharrislaughter #ADayInMyLife #RRBC @RRBC_Org 30-Day #Blogging Challenge 2023

  1. Hi Shirley, I know what you’re going through, as I too have been there. I’m so happy you have family around you during this difficult time. ((Hugs))!

    Best wishes,
    Donna M. Atwood
    D. M Atwood

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  2. ninanorstrom says:

    Shirley, so sorry to hear the sad news about your sister. Prayers to you and your family during this journey. In these difficult times, may you continue to be the trooper that you are!

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  3. Shirley, I am sending you prayers and a metaphorical hug to help see you through this. It sounds like you are having to muster a lot of strength. It sounds like you know how to keep going while not overdoing it. Take care. -Pamela

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  4. Karl Morgan says:

    Dear Shirley, please know that the entire #RRBC family is with you and your family at this time. When someone is nearing the end, it is a trauma and tragedy for all. Our faith can help us overcome the sadness, but the loss remains as does the pain of not being with someone you have always loved. May the Grace of Our Lord be with you all. Remember that Jesus is waiting for her in His Kingdom. I wish you better times and happiness.

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  5. Shirley, sending prayers and virtual hugs to you and your family, and prayers for Joyce as she transitions. I hope it will be a comfort to you to know her way has been eased by the palliative care she is receiving. Meanwhile, eat all the comfort food you want, there will be plenty of time later to worry about eating your veggies. Take care and God bless.

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  6. Patty Perrin says:

    Dear Shirley, I see your growth during this blogging challenge. You have shared your struggles as they’ve happened, and you’ve shared your heart. You’ve given us the great privilege of getting to know you at your most vulnerable. You’ve shown us who YOU are by the way you’ve cared for your friend and her family, your neighbors, and your own family. I feel blessed to know you, and I love who you are. Keeping you and your family in prayer!


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  7. Susan Hughes says:

    God’s peace to you during this difficult time.


  8. marianbeaman says:

    I understand the sorrow that accompanies these days and the grief that follows, having experienced a similar scenario with my brother in hospice care. You have a caring community here and a God that comforts all who mourn. ((( )))

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  9. harriethodgson says:

    Life sent you a painful story and you’ve shared it with others. I think RRBC and RWISA members can learn from your story. Like you, I will savor the miracle of a new day. Sending virtual hugs to you.

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  10. I hope you take of yourself and do what brings you comfort. Write what you feel like saying without any worry about grammar, and we’ll read it and be here for you.

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  11. Hi, Shirley – it’s never easy to lose someone; even harder when it’s a child, your parent or a sibling. I hope you are able to make the trip to see her tomorrow. You are in our prayers and we are here for you. Whatever you need from us, just let us know.

    WE love you dearly.


  12. Linda Mims says:

    You are my S-hero! You have had two very important people to help transition! Many would’ve given up the challenge but you’re using it as catharsis. I’m praying for the family and I’m glad hubby is making you bacon and eggs. It’s the breakfast of champions!

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  13. There is comfort in knowing that Joyce has made her wishes known and that you all are honoring them. None of us care about typos on your page. We just want you to know that we are here for you and are sending our love your way. And finally… eat the eggs and bacon! You can go back to your plant based diet at a later date. Comfort food is okay right now. Sending you hugs, Shirley!

    Yvette M Calleiro 🙂

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  14. Shirley–It’s so hard when family demands change our normal way of life. The important thing is that you and your family are following Joyce’s wishes. Be kind to yourself when you can. You are so important to so many. Don’t worry about grammar and punctuation or other minor things at this point. We all love you and support you. Just let us know what you need. Even across the miles, we’re here for you.

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  15. Supporting your family and attention to their needs and yours is much higher on the priority list than anything else. I’m praying for comfort for you and your family during this difficult time. I’m so sorry you are going through this.

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