My mother got cancer last November. Over the course of the next ten months she spent most of the time at the Geisinger Hospital, John Heinz Center and Wilkes_Barre General Hospital. The doctors, nurses and therapists, among others, did a good job of helping her. She spent her eightieth birthday in bed at Geisinger Hospital. In the end she finally succumbed and died, on September 23, at the Geisinger (formerly Mercy) Hospice in Wilkes_Barre. Her wake was at Gubbiotti’s Funeral Home in Exeter and her funeral Mass was celebrated by Fr. Leo McKernan at St. Monica’s Parish at Our Lady of Sorrows Church in West Wyoming. Unfortunately it was on my father’s eightieth birthday.