Update: Wednesday, June 7, 2017

Timberley (pre-haircut) poses with our van, Nola the Gray Goose.
Timberley, before her haircut, poses with our new van, Nola, also known as the Gray Goose.

By RAHN ADAMS

This morning after arriving at Carolinas Medical Center
Early this morning at Carolinas Medical Center

As Timberley posted earlier today on Facebook, the past week has been difficult for her family. Her uncle Larry Brittian and her stepfather Vernon McKee both passed away after long bouts with cancer.

We extend our condolences to Larry’s and Vernon’s families; and our love especially to Timberley’s aunt Brenda and cousins Chris and Leslie, and, above all, to Timberley’s mother, Ruth.

The long and winding road that leads to Levine Cancer Institute
The long and winding road that leads to Levine Cancer Institute

Today, Timberley had a busy morning and early afternoon at the Levine Cancer Institute and the Carolinas Medical Center in Charlotte, with several appointments in preparation for her surgery later this month. Since we live so far away, her surgeon has tried to group most of her appointments to cut down on our trips to Charlotte.

A bright spot last week was hearing the surgeon say that Timberley’s most recent CT scans were good, though those findings don’t change the fact that her bladder must be removed due to her type of cancer. On our way home that day, we enjoyed a late lunch at the Open Kitchen on Morehead Street, one of her late father’s favorite Charlotte restaurants from back in the early 1950s when he lived in the Queen City and began a life-long career in advertising and marketing.

Tony's Pizza of Calabash still has the best spaghetti sauce in the Carolinas.
It was a good day despite storm clouds.

Timberley’s dad, Nat Gilliam, later worked in advertising for 25 years at The News Herald of Morganton, then ended his career as a marketing director for the Western Steer/Mom ‘n’ Pops home office in Claremont. Even though relatively few actual Western Steer Family Steakhouses remain in business under that banner, we found an honest-to-goodness Western Steer still open near Conover and ate there on our way home from another recent appointment.

It’s hard to make this journey without thinking of those loved ones—family members as well as old friends—who traveled the same path before us.

4 thoughts on “Update: Wednesday, June 7, 2017”

  1. Thanks for the update and the memories of Nat! You are so right about remembering those who have walked a path much like your and Timberley’s current one. All of us, it seems, have had so many loved ones who have lived with cancer, some with recurring or multiple diagnoses. Glad Timberly is in such good hands at Levine and at home.

  2. Thinking about you both. Our deepest condolences for the loss of Uncle and Stepfather, Timberly. Keep smiling! You are the best!
    Hope to see you soon.

  3. Thanks Rahn for the update I really appreciate hearing.
    I am sorry for Brenda and children in the loss of their husband, father and Timberley uncle. I love Ruth much and my love and prayers are with her and Timberley
    Prayers for you Timberley and Rahn as you go through this cancer thing together. May God keep you both strong.
    I love you all

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