Saturday, August 9, 2008

My Grandmother



My Grandmother, Dorthella Glover Spencer, is my moms' mother. She is the mother of 5 children. My mom happens to be the oldest and that makes me the oldest of all the grandchildren, which I am very proud and happy to know that I had her as my grandma first before any of my cousins... :) Kind of stingy and selfish huh?
My Grandma is the strongest woman I know. I have always thought of her as someone who I would like to grow up to be like. She is an amazing woman and is the glue that holds everything together for our family. She will be 85 years old this September. She is alert and lively and full of life and always has been.
She recently, within the last 3 weeks, had knee replacement surgery and things have gone pretty well so far except that she hasn't regained her strength, lost 25 pounds, and has had trouble with her peripheral vision. She went to the eye doctor today and after running a bunch of tests, decided that she must have had a stroke shortly after her surgery. The stroke has effected the right side of her brain which controls her left peripheral vision. She now has to see a neurologist as soon as an appointment can be scheduled. I hope and pray that she will make a speedy and full recovery from this.
Grandma lost the love of her life, my Grandpa, Douglas Spencer in October 1996. And this past December 13th, she lost a 15 year old great grandson. She has also lost all three of her siblings in the recent past, as well as many many friends. She has always showed so much strength during these trials and in all the trials she has ever had to overcome. She has a great faith in the Lord. She stands firm in her belief that we will all be reunited again in the next life.
I have so many fond memories of grandma from the time I was a little girl until now. There is so much I could write about but it would take up pages and pages of this blog. She has always been there for me in all the good times and in the bad. She has supported me in everything I have ever done. She is my Rock, The person I look up to most, My Hero, My Friend, My GRANDMA. I love her so very much.

3 comments:

Anonymous said...

What a wonderful tribute to Grandma. She is definitely the glue in this family. I admire her strength and courage also. I pray we have a lot more time with her in our lives. She's getting older, and I'm sure she's missing Grandpa a lot too. I pray that the party we are doing for her will show her how much we love her. That will be my tribute to her. I hope Val and I can do it justice. -Take Care, Alicia

Anonymous said...

What a wonderful tribute to Grandma. She is definitely the glue in this family. I admire her strength and courage also. I pray we have a lot more time with her in our lives. She's getting older, and I'm sure she's missing Grandpa a lot too. I pray that the party we are doing for her will show her how much we love her. That will be my tribute to her. I hope Val and I can do it justice. -Take Care, Alicia

kathy said...

Wow. What a grandma. You are so lucky to still have a grandmother alive. Enjoy every chance you have to be with her and I hope she gets better soon.