Well tomorrow is the day and my Aunt D is undergoing the surgery she has waited years for. Since she is going in at 5:15 a.m. I wanted to write a post just for her. First, I want to say to you, just as you have told me a million times before, you are a strong woman with amazing strength and if your not strong enough, if it is more than you can take, then realize that your God is holding you in his hands, and that his love will give you the strength to get through anything. As a child I grew up loving Bon Jovi mostly because all of my family loved his music, but also because my Aunt is madly in love with him, she always said the only person she would have married over my uncle was Jon Bon Jovi. Well in the words of one of our favorite Bon Jovi songs, "Welcome to wherever you are, this is your life, you've made it this far, welcome, you gotta believe, that right here right now your exactly where your supposed to be, welcome to wherever you are, when you wanna give up, and your hearts about to break, remember that your perfect, God makes no mistakes."
Now I use this song because if you know me, you know that I am obsessed with those words, they are part of the person I am, and the reason why those words are so important to me isn't just because they are completely true, but also because they are from that song. My Aunt is like my Grandma in almost every way and my Grandma was one of those people in your life where you are just amazed by her beauty, her strength, and she was like a magnet, you just loved her instantly, most of the women in our family have this, we refer to it as, "The Brice Girl Curse." lol. And when I say beauty I'm not talking outer beauty, I am saying that when she spoke you saw her beautiful heart, she did everything she could for you, she was so kind. My Papa used to say that as soon as he saw her he had to have her because when she walked into a room she would light it up, he knew that no woman could make him feel like she did. And he said, "That's why I married her." Well my Aunt has that same light, that amazing heart. I've always been her Yannameister, I'm not sure when I got that name, I think I was probably too young to remember the first time she called me it. But, she always been there for me, no judgement, no fakeness, she is an honest loving woman, she can forgive you for anything, she can help you through anything, and she no matter what it is, has been there. Well right now, as your about to have to find the strength to go through this surgery, I'm gonna turn the tables. I am now the Yannameister with my big girl pants on and it's my turn to be there for you in a time of need just as you have been there for me for my entire life. Aunt D, I want you to before you go in tomorrow say this prayer with me, "Lord, tomorrow is a new day, a chance to move forward from these struggles and hardships that I have had to face for years, you know the pain I have experienced and know how hard it is to overcome it, but I'm trusting that tomorrow will be a better day. I'm taking all of my migraines, all of my fatique, all of the anger, and all of the sadness and I'm leaving them at the foot of the cross. Because just as you saved me with your son, you can save me from my illness. Take my chains that I have had with these tumors and take them away. I'm putting my life in your hands that you will take care of me and that you will make me strong enough to make it through. Today I am plagued by my illness and I am victim to my pain, but tomorrow I am a survivor. I'll still have a long way to go until I'm completely healed, but I know that I can make it through this because I can make it through anything with you. In Jesus name, Amen."