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Friday, September 25, 2009

An Amazing Man!

My dear Grandpa is fighting for his life at the Huntsman Cancer Institute. I feel so blessed to live close enough to spend some time with him. Through the radiation and chemo, he has done quite well, but has gone down hill rather rapidly since he was diagnosed. I got to spend some time with him yesterday, and had a flood of emotions come over me. He is so special. I just love him so much and feel so privileged to be his grand daughter. He truly is an example to me in every way.


A few attributes I don't ever want to forget about him are:
Selflessness, hard working, patriotic, intelligent, healthy and active, family oriented, musical, whiskery kisses, traveling machine, dedicated, spiritual, service- especially for the church, good record keeper, fun loving, and always making me feel so special!
He's simply the best, I couldn't ask for anything better. Hang in there Grandpa, I sure love you with all my heart! Thanks for everything.

*these pics are from a trip we took to Hawaii in Nov. of 2005, we were supposed to watch Frank play- but he had a broken ankle. (top: Grandpa and Max, bottom: Grandpa and Grandma Allsop)

14 comments:

Jessika said...

This is so sweet Heather. Stay strong sweetie, he's going to be okay for a little while longer. Today he promised me he'd be here when I come home for Christmas, and you know what, I really think he will. I told him I want to go for a walk with him then and watch the snow fall. He said that would be good. I also gave him a hug for you and told him you loved him. He said he loves you too and he's so proud of you. We are so lucky to have him! I love you, little sis. Thanks for spending some time with me this week and for letting me and Kira stay with you!

Aleese and Scott said...

He sounds like a pretty amazing man, and what a blessing to be able to be close by to see him. I am so sorry, it is never easy to see someone you love go through something like this. If you need anything I am here.

Morgan said...

This post breaks my heart! He will be in our prayers! Miss you. :)

Michael and Cordie said...

Oh Heather I am so sorry! He sounds like a wonderful grandpa!

FRANK AND HEATHER MAILE said...

Thank you, thank you for your sweet comments!

Just an update: My Grandpa passed away peacefully this morning with his dear wife and children by his side, also my Dad and brother. Anyway...it really is bittersweet. It was only 6 weeks since he got diagnosed. He had 82 great years of life! Once I accepted that he wasn't going to get better, I wished for him to pass quickly. When he told me last Thursday that "it looks like i'm needed somewhere else" I knew it wouldn't be long. I love him and hope that I can always follow his example!

Sandra said...

That would be hard. I'm so sorry for your loss. What a blessing that you were able to live close and see him.

Chris and Brittani Knudsen said...

I am so sorry to hear that about your grandpa, it sounds like he is an amazing man. We will for sure keep him in our prayers!

Ellen Oates said...

I wish I would have gotten to meet this sweet man to understand more or where you come from. He must be wonderful because he has to be to have such great posterity who are so diligent in the church, wonderful parents and so giving. I want you to know that I see a lot of the qualities that you wrote about him, in you! You are a great example of him and I am sure like he said "He is needed in another place." I love you Heath! You certainly are the friend I was looking for!

Ellen Oates said...

sorry for the spelling errors. I am not a college grad yet. haha

Cassie said...

I just lost my grandmother to cancer, and heart problems. I have never had soo many emotions and overwhelming feelings come over me. It was very hard. But through these times, you learn so much about yourself and you grow spiritually in ways unimaginable. I'm thinking of you! Call me when you get some free time, and we can get together!

Cassie said...

Thanks for your comment heather! I was actually going to go to church today with my boys, but I am feeling sick, and the swine flu is sweeping through our family, so I thought I'd better wait it out. Is it still at 11?

Kyle and Megan said...

Hey Heather, it was good seeing you at the football game the other day.

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Gabriel Lopes said...

Hello, I really felt so affected for reading this post. I haven't talked to my grandpa for a long time, I'm always working and buzy, so I don't have time to see him. Maybe I forget how frail we are. and your post helped me to keep my eyes on it again, we won't be here forever, everything passes. I'm brazilian and I don't know how I've found your blog. But if I were your grandpa, I'd feel so blessed for having a granddaughter so lovely like you are. This is a beautiful feeling, so special love. I hope him to get better and I wish the best for you and him.