Topic: The Passing of My Wife, Cindy Andrews
Hi, I'm Lanny Andrews the husband of Cindy Andrews. Cindy passed in our home Feb 5th after a courageous 23 month brawl with intrahepatic CC. We married the month after high school graduation, (1974) and would have been married 39 years this June. I miss her more than words can describe. Reading thru some of her old posts, her spirit is obvious, rarley talking about her struggles but encouraging others.
I noticed her last post was in Sept. 2012 shortly before she elected to start a clinical trial, which was absolutely the sickest I ever saw her. The trial had no effect and hospice was recommended shortly before Christmas. She waited until the holidays were over to start in home hospice wanting Christmas at our home to be as normal as possible. The two year battle with CC was "our battle". I took her to every appointment and toward the end was giving her shots daily for clots in her lungs and draing the fluid from her abdomen every other day. I thank God that we were in the financial position that I never had to be away from her during "our fight". As close as we were the first 37 years of our marriage, the two years we fought CC together brought our relationship to an entirely new closeness.
I will always keep her in my heart and see her in the face of our 6 year old grandson Noah, he was Mammys boy. She also leaves grandsons 15 month old Colton and 8 month old Nolan and we are committed to keeping Mammy in their lives.
Lana (daughter), Zane (son) and myself sent her home with maybe the coolest funeral ever with two beautiful picture DVDs and over 400 minutes of her favorite music which included Led Zeppelin, Gregg Allman, Warron Zevon, Allman Brothers, Simon and Garfunkel, Eric Clapton, The Beatles and on and on...she loved her music and she loved it loud, we were children of the late 60s early 70s after all. I am guessing at least 500 people paid her a final visit.
Her service opened with Kris Kristofferson signing "Loving Her Was Easier Than Anything I'll Ever Do Again" and closed with Judy Collins beautiful version of "Amazing Grace".
I have donations to the CC Foundation, collected at her funeral, and will be getting them in the mail soon.
Thanks to all who conversed with Cindy, offering prayer and encouragement.