10 Best Things about Dying Soon

Lea Wait, here. And, for anyone who missed it, June 29  I posted https://mainecrimewriters.com/2018/06/29/another-change-in-direction/

that I’d been diagnosed with metastatic pancreatic cancer.   Since then I’ve learned a lot — about myself and about others. And no, it hasn’t all been negative. So — here’s a short  list of some of the “good stuff.”

1 – I’ve heard from friends and family all over the United States, and memories — good memories — are flooding my mind.

2 –  A year ago I was worried because my financial adviser said I only had enough money to last eight years. Now? No problem! Champagne days, if I’m in the mood!

3 – Someone else will have to worry about my 2018 taxes.

4 – CNN still depresses me, but I’ve convinced myself the world will get better after I leave it. (I hope no connection!)

5 – People arrive unexpectedly with flowers and/or food.  It’s a party!

6 – Deadlines? Who’s  worried about deadlines. Except for maybe THE DEADLINE.

7. Medical marijuana is legal.

8. Handicapped parking makes it a lot easier to find a space in  summer parking lots in Maine.

9. No more long beauty parlor appointments. My hair is eliminating itself.

10. Prayer shawls, angels, books, cards … every mail delivery is like a birthday!

Thank you, everyone, for your thoughts and prayers and encouragement and kind questions and comments.

And — onward! There’s still some life to be lived.


About Lea Wait

I write mysteries - the Mainely Needlepoint, Shadows Antique Print and, coming in June of 2018, the Maine Murder mysteries (under the name Cornelia Kidd.) When I was single I was an adoption advocate and adopted my four daughters. Now my mysteries and novels for young people are about people searching for love, acceptance, and a place to call home. My website is http://www.leawait.com To be on my mailing list, send me a note at leawait@roadrunner.com
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60 Responses to 10 Best Things about Dying Soon

  1. Mary Beth Gale says:

    I’m so inspired by your determination to live your last days in gratitude. I only met you last year, but your kind encouragement of my writing was so much appreciated.
    Mary Beth Gale

  2. Mare F says:

    I love this. Thank you ! {{hug}}

  3. Dianna L Rupp says:

    What a great attitude. I’m incredibly sad about this. I’ve read all your books and loved them. Reading about this I think of my mom. She lost her battle with breast cancer in 2006. She would have been 91 on 7-28-18.

    Love you Lea.

  4. Tricia says:

    Much peace and love to you, God’s grace and mercy I pray for you.

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  6. Kitty says:

    I wanted to let you know how much I have enjoyed your books over the years, and I have read all of the adult ones. You will be remembered by all of us who have taken the books’ journeys with you. I hope that you will enjoy the time you have left with family and friends surrounding you.

  7. Lea, we’ve only talked a few times through FB, but I want you to know how very inspiring you have been. Sharing your story with us has touched my heart. I lost both my mother and grandmother to pancreatic cancer, and my brother to brain cancer. When you first told us all about your diagnosis, I became so angry. When is this damned illness going to stop taking amazing people. After reading your, 10 Best Things About Dying Soon, I’m no longer angry. I’m humbled. You Lea, you are remarkable (rather you may believe that about yourself or not). Truly remarkable. Thank you for sharing all the stories from your head all this years, and thank you for sharing YOUR story, from your heart. God bless you.

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