K's mother, Rena passed away recently after a long, long struggle with kidney disease. She was the most caring, kind, and giving person that I have ever known. She was also very strong, brave, and stubborn especially when facing this disease.
Rena loved her children and would do anything for them. She expressed her love in many ways, but one of the strongest was through her fabulous cooking and baking. She rarely allowed her illness to interfere with baking treats or preparing a special meal when visitors came to call.
Rena defied the doctors' expectations and survived way beyond the time they predicted. She and her family were allowed to make the best of the time she had left. K and his sister were with her in the end. The suffering has ended but the pain of the loss has begun. There is a big hole that will never be filled completely, but I hope Rena's strength resonates to those who loved her and helps them heal.