Like I said to my Facebook friends, my heart is broken but the love of my life is free - I couldn't be more happy!
I’m happy for him, sad for me.
I knew Mike was going to die, but I really didn’t believe it in my heart. It shouldn’t have been such a surprise, but it was. We all agree - we knew it was coming, but still, we’re shocked.
In the minutes leading to his last breath, I complimented Mike on his remarkable feat. I told him he fought a great fight and that he couldn’t have done it more brilliantly. I told him that, together, we made an exceptional team and we did our very best. I kept saying, "Tooth and nail dear, we fought tooth and nail!" I told him it was a great honour taking care of him and such an honour to be his wife.
At a later time, my sister Elanna and I will blog about Mike’s last days (she was with us all the way). It will bring us so much joy to relay his peaceful passing and how the Lord showed exceeding mercy and grace.
I stayed up late the day after Mike died, trying to word his obituary. I laughed and cried as I penned the following with great pleasure (I think he’d really like it):
Michael David Sands (1962 - 2015) His glass was always half full. Lessons to be learned from this wise and courageous man: Give thanks in all circumstances. Have faith, be hopeful and love deeply. Talk is cheap so walk the walk. Be generous. Never give up! And if you don’t have a napkin, just wipe your hands on your socks (he always wore knee highs). Our beloved son, brother, husband, father, granddad, uncle, nephew, cousin and friend, was called home to heaven on Monday Jan 5. His chains are gone, he’s been set free! He’s doing cartwheels now with Jesus and enjoying steak dinners and fettuccine. For four years, Mike battled ALS with brilliance and when the Lord called him to give up the fight, he humbly obeyed. A friend says, “Though his earthly body may have ‘lost the battle with ALS’, his spirit conquered it tenfold.” Mike will be dearly missed, but his lessons live on forever! A celebration of the life he leaves behind and his new life in glory will take place on Mike’s birthday, January 16 at 3:30pm at Maple Ridge Baptist Church (Wear bright colours). A memorial well will be drilled in Malawi, Africa in Mike’s name this spring, so In lieu of flowers, a donation to Project Wellness is appreciated…that was Mike’s wish. Project Wellness address: #405 – 12090 227 St. Maple Ridge, BC V2X 6J5
My dearest Michael, I love you to the moon and back compared to an ant…and far more than that. Your sweetheart, Nadine
You can view Mike's full obituary online at gardenhill.ca
Thank you everyone for your care and concern, your love and support!